Are IKEA Products Made in China?
IKEA is a Swedish company with suppliers all over the world. According to their website, suppliers are in over fifty countries and that does include China. Of the two thousand suppliers of IKEA products, twenty-two percent are in that country.
This has obviously posed a question in the minds of consumers because it is addressed on the website. The quote from their site runs thus: “Today approximately 22% of our range is produced in China. IKEA is in control of the product development process and through our Trading areas, we work closely together with our suppliers in place, which is an advantage when it comes to securing product quality. A product risk assessment is made during the development of the product. Tests and follow-ups are done both before we start the production and then on a continues basis. We test our products according to our own requirements and applicable international standards/legislation at accredited internal and external test laboratories. IKEA products shall always be safe to use. IKEA believes it is possible to produce safe high-quality products at low prices in China.”
That’s a long quote for an article, but it addresses the subject well. Low prices are an important part of IKEA’s philosophy, as are quality and safety. IKEA does rigorous testing of all of its products, especially those designed for and used by children.
IKEA uses something called IWAY for all aspects of its business. Suppliers are also required to understand and use IWAY in all of their business dealings. While China does not have a good reputation for quality products in some areas, IWAY changes that.
The rules state that the company must use renewables as much as possible for all of its products. It expands safety measures and demands a healthy workplace for those who make products for them. Healthcare is also a must.
For the Chinese, that seems like an unusual prospect. News stories of the sweatshops in the country abound, along with the occasional story of a person who went mad working that hard and went on a killing spree. That isn’t healthy.
Companies that don’t follow the IWAY rules are visited by IKEA representatives. Usually, the company will give in to the requirements and do things properly. Those who refuse to do so are not allowed to remain IKEA suppliers.
That holds true for all of the countries IKEA is in. The United States of America ran into that problem in the recent past. The country does not have a free healthcare system and health insurance is expensive. However, IWAY demands that the workers get healthcare.
Some IKEA stores thought they could circumvent the added expense. The management soon found themselves in the unemployment line. IKEA is firm in its commitment to worker health and safety. A healthy employee is more likely to be a good one.
With over twelve thousand products, IKEA has a lot to do to manage it all. Suppliers all over the world mean a lot of trips to ensure things are going as planned. IWAY provides the ground rules.