IKEA becomes partner for COP26 climate change conference
IKEA has been named as a partner for the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP26.
Due to be held from 31 October to 12 November, the event will see IKEA UK & Ireland furnish some key areas within the COP26 venue in Glasgow. In addition, the retailer will work closely with Glasgow City Council and the Cabinet Office after the conference to ensure the furniture is given a second life through donations to charitable organisations and local community projects.
Peter Jelkeby, country retail manager and chief sustainability officer at IKEA UK & Ireland, said: “Climate change is one of the defining issues of our time and we’re determined to show that it’s good business to be a good business. At IKEA we want to show that healthy and sustainable living can be affordable, attractive and convenient for the many people.
“Today, in the UK, our Buy back and Take back services, in-store circular hubs, and online platforms for second-hand products, are already supporting our customers to live more sustainable lifestyles, whilst helping to create the circular economy that we’ll need to transition to net-zero. We’re proud to be a partner of COP26 and look forward to working closely and collaboratively with the UK Government and other partners to seize this opportunity for ambitious climate action now.”
In the lead up to COP26, Ingka Group, the largest IKEA retailer in 32 countries, is advocating for more ambitious climate action with key partners such as the We Mean Business coalition, the WEF Alliance of CEO climate leaders, and initiatives such as RE100 and EV100. In addition, as a founding member of the Race to Zero Breakthroughs Retail Campaign, Ingka Group wants to share the business case for climate action and help increase the number of global retailers with science based targets.
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