The SweCham team would like to thank everyone for joining our SweCham Company Visit and Networking Event with an introduction to IKEA’s Sustainability Approach at IKEA Bangyai on 6 June 2022.
IKEA aims to become climate positive by 2030 to create better everyday life and affordable solutions for people through IKEA’s people and planet positive approach, which focuses on three areas including Healthy and Sustainable Living, Circular and Climate Positive, and Fair and Inclusive Business.
SweCham and members were given the opportunity to explore IKEA’s first Circular Shop in Southeast Asia and its one of a kind Recycling Center at IKEA Bangyai. The facilities are designed to encourage customers to partake in IKEA’s circular business. For the Circular shop, customers can return their used furniture which IKEA will repair and later resell at cheaper prices to reduce wasted products. And at the Recycling Center, the customers are incentivised to sort and bring back different types of materials, be they aluminium/metal, glass, light bulbs or electronics, to the centre in exchange of IKEA family points that can be turned into cash. So far, 8,000 KG of materials have been collected, indicating a need for such a recycling centre.
The event was attended by many of our members and guests. We are pleased to share memories and photos with you from the event. We are glad to see that you all enjoyed the networking evening. Special thanks to IKEA for providing welcome drinks and a delicious lunch buffet during the networking event.
Special thanks to Khun Tom Suter, the Store Manager of IKEA Bangyai for an engaging presentation on IKEA’s approach to sustainability and for guiding us through the IKEA’s Circular Shop and Recycling Center.
We are most thankful to Khun Jittranuch Lertchaiworakul, the Local Marketing & Communication Manager of IKEA Bangyai, and appreciate the support from Khun Sukrutai Pengtaisong, the Project Manager (GWI) of IKEA Thailand for helping to coordinate the event as well as providing the perfect arrangement, beautiful venue, delicious food, and memorable souvenirs from IKEA!
Thank you very much to all who attended and made this event an amazing experience for all of us!