IKEA

InfluenceMap Score
B+
Performance Band
80%
Organisation Score
74%
Relationship Score
Sector:
Retailing
Head​quarters:
Delft, Netherlands
Official Web Site:
Wikipedia:

Climate Lobbying Overview: IKEA has actively and positively engaged with climate change policy worldwide in 2021-23. It has consistently stated support for the UNFCCC process and stringent climate regulations, as well as supporting limiting global warming to 1.5°C. It has supported policies in multiple regions including an EU 2035 internal combustion engine (ICE) phase-out for light-duty vehicles, climate provisions in the US Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), and higher renewable energy targets in Japan’s Green Growth Strategy. It holds memberships to several industry associations, among which a majority has positively engaged with climate policy.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: IKEA has consistently stated support for the Paris Agreement, including in a September 2022 press release, as well as advocating for US re-entry in an April 2021 joint letter. In a June 2022 email found via FOI request, IKEA wrote to EU Commission Vice-President Timmermans, expressing support for the EU's Green Deal and 2050 climate neutrality target. In the same email, the company highlighted the urgency of limiting global warming to 1.5°C to “prevent a global climate and environmental crisis”, as it has done consistently in its corporate reporting in 2021-22. IKEA advocated for increased ambition in US climate policy in a May 2022 Ceres joint statement, while communicating broad support for efforts towards more ambitious GHG emissions reductions in California in July 2022 and North Carolina in June 2022.

Engagement with Climate-related Regulations: IKEA is supportive of numerous climate regulations globally. In an April 2021 joint letter, IKEA appeared to support the EU's increased 2030 climate target, as well as advocating for a higher carbon price and a carbon border adjustment mechanism (CBAM). Similarly, in a June 2021 joint letter, IKEA advocated for policymakers to support emissions trading with an increasing carbon price on a global carbon market, and in October 2021, appeared to further support a global carbon market with escalating prices. In the EU, IKEA supported a 2035 zero-emission CO2 target for light-duty vehicles in April and December 2021 joint letters.

In the US, in an April 2021 joint letter, IKEA urged the President to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50% by 2030. Moreover, in a March 2022 Ceres joint letter, IKEA directly advocated to policymakers in Maryland to support a more ambitious GHG emissions target of net-zero by 2045. In April 2021 and September 2021 joint letters, IKEA directly advocated in support of more ambitious US federal light-duty vehicle greenhouse gas standards. Similarly, in a May 2022 joint letter, it urged US policymakers to strengthen proposed federal GHG emission standards for trucks on a trajectory consistent with 100% ZEV sales by 2040, as well as calling for the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to preserve “Phase 2” GHG emissions stringency requirements and phase out flexibilities such as advanced technology credit multipliers.

In June 2021, IKEA signed a joint letter supporting global legislation to accelerate renovation and energy efficiency standards for appliances, while in November 2022, the company appeared to support renewable energy legislation in Asia by co-founding the Asia Clean Energy Coalition. IKEA also appears to support Japan’s Green Growth Strategy, as indicated in a March 2021 joint letter, in which it advocated for a higher Japanese 2030 renewable energy target of 50%.

Positioning on Energy Transition: Ingka Group’s CEO, Jesper Brodin, appears to support a transition away from fossil fuels towards renewable energy, as indicated by an October 2022 Reuters article and a June 2022 press release. IKEA has also advocated for the removal of fossil fuel subsidies, for example in an October 2021 joint letter. Additionally, in an August 2022 statement, IKEA advocated for US Congress to pass climate provisions in the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), while Ingka Group’s CEO, Jesper Brodin, further appeared to support measures in the US Inflation Reduction Act in a January 2023 Financial Times article.

IKEA strongly supports the decarbonization of transportation globally. In November 2021, IKEA signed a global pledge made at COP26 signalling a commitment to phase out ICE-powered vehicles in leading markets by 2035 and globally by 2040. In the US, in a May 2022 joint letter, IKEA urged policymakers to implement a federal ZEV mandate with ambition in line with California’s Advanced Clean Truck (ACT) rule, calling for a target of 100% heavy-duty ZEV sales by 2040 at the latest, and 50% by 2030. It also advocated in support of North Carolina's adoption of the ACT rule in a June 2022 joint letter, while in a December 2022 joint letter, IKEA called on the EPA to pass a waiver under the Clean Air Act that would allow California and other states to adopt the ACT rule. In addition, in a July 2022 joint letter, IKEA directly advocated to California policymakers to adopt an ambitious Advanced Clean Cars II rule, which includes a 100% light-duty vehicle ZEV mandate in 2035.

In the EU, IKEA advocated for more ambitious EV charging targets under the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation (AFIF) and Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) in a December 2021 joint letter to policymakers. It also called for more ambition in policies to accelerate maritime decarbonization in the EU’s Fit for 55 package. In India, in a November 2021 joint letter, IKEA appeared to support an electric vehicle target of 65% by 2030, as well as investments in electric vehicle infrastructure.

Industry Association Governance: IKEA appears not to have provided a detailed disclosure of its relationships with industry associations lobbying on climate policy issues. The company is a member of SolarPower Europe, Corporate Leaders Group, Japan Climate Leaders Partnership, and SmartEn all of which have lobbied positively on climate policy. An IKEA senior executive is on the board of EuroCommerce. IKEA is also a member of the Spanish Confederation of Business Organizations (CEOE), which appears to have mixed positions on climate change policy in Spain and the EU.

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How to Read our Relationship Score Map

In this section, we depict graphically the relationships the corporation has with trade associations, federations, advocacy groups and other third parties who may be acting on their behalf to influence climate change policy. Each of the columns above represents one relationship the corporation appears to have with such a third party. In these columns, the top, dark section represents the strength of the relationship the corporation has with the influencer. For example if a corporation's senior executive also held a key role in the trade association, we would deem this to be a strong relationship and it would be on the far left of the chart above, with the weaker ones to the right. Click on these grey shaded upper sections for details of these relationships. The middle section contains a link to the organization score details of the influencer concerned, so you can see the details of its climate change policy influence. Click on the middle sections for for details of the trade associations. The lower section contains the organization score of that influencer, the lower the more negatively it is influencing climate policy.