Home furnishings giant Ikea has joined an alliance of key industry and political groups in calling for a renewed commitment to long-term climate change initiatives despite the immediate urgency of the coronavirus pandemic.
The European Green Recovery Alliance includes more than 180 political decision-makers, business leaders, trade unions, NGOs and think tanks working to reinforce commitments to addressing climate change.
“Even if the outbreak of the Covid-19 virus calls for urgent measures to mitigate the effects on people and business, we will not lose sight of our long-term goals,” said Inter Ikea Group CEO Torbjorn Loof. “We will continue to be long-term in everything we do and remain committed to our ambitious sustainability goals for 2030. This is not an ‘either/or’ situation, the challenging situation today makes us even more determined to accelerate our efforts to tackle climate change.”
In a newsletter published on its website, Ikea reiterated its commitment to “continue to share knowledge and experience to help accelerate the transition toward a green economy in the wake of the coronavirus crisis”. The firm pledged to “share knowledge, examples and experience with lawmakers and participate actively in the Green Deal discussion for new policy and regulatory initiatives”.