BURLINGTON, ON, April 22,2016 /CNW/ - For the eighth consecutive year, IKEA Canada has been recognized by Mediacorp as one of Canada's Greenest Employers. This designation is awarded to employers that lead the nation in creating a culture of environmental awareness and attract people because of this leadership.
"Sustainability is a part of everything that we do at IKEA and we've made big, bold commitments to have a positive impact on people and the planet," said Stefan Sjöstrand, President IKEA Canada. "As a leader, we have a huge opportunity to enable more people to live a more sustainable life at home by offering affordable products and solutions and by demonstrating that they are good for people's wallets and the environment."
It is IKEA's co-workers continued commitment to the People and Planet Positive strategy that makes IKEA a leader in sustainability. In its second year, the More Sustainable Life at Home project enables co-workers to become even more engaged. Nearly 200 co-workers from across the country have been given $500 worth of IKEA products that save energy, conserve water and help in waste reduction.
"These co-workers are able to see a noticeable difference in their daily lives and are now able to inspire and educate other co-workers and customers about the sustainability benefits of IKEA's products," said Brendan Seale, Sustainability Manager, IKEA Canada.
The following are just a few of the many initiatives that make IKEA one of Canada's Greenest Employers:
- All of the cotton we use for our products comes from sustainable sources, our entire lighting range is now LED and in Canada with our 46 megawatt (MW) wind farm, we are energy independent years ahead of the global goal of 2020.
- All of the seafood served in our restaurants, Bistros, Swedish Food Markets, and co-worker restaurants are either Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC), or Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified.
- We installed electric vehicle charging stations at all of our store across Canada to promote sustainable transportation.
- IKEA provides co-workers with annual sustainability training and offers co-workers opportunities to see the impact IKEA has on people and the planet through the IWitness Global Citizens Program.
This award comes on heels of being recently announced as one of the Best Employers in Canada by Forbes Magazine.
ABOUT IKEA CANADA
IKEA is a leading home furnishing retailer with 375 stores in more than 50 countries worldwide, which are visited by 884 million people every year. IKEA Canada has 12 stores, with recently announced plans to open a 13th store in Halifax, Nova Scotia in late 2017, an eCommerce virtual store, Pick-Up and Order Points in Quebec City, Quebec and London, Whitby and St.Catharines, Ontario with two additional Pick-Up and Order Points opening spring 2016. Last year, IKEA Canada welcomed 25 million visitors to its stores and 75 million visitors to the IKEA.ca website. Founded in 1943, IKEA's business philosophy is to offer a wide range of products of good design and function at prices so low, the majority of people can afford them. For more information on IKEA, please visit: www.IKEA.ca.
SOURCE IKEA Canada
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