The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce-Philadelphia selected IKEA Conshohocken to receive its annual business entrepreneurial award. The award was created in 2010 by SACC-Philadelphia. It seeks to recognize companies that have made a significant contribution to the exchange of trade and commerce between Scandinavia and the Philadelphia Region, as well as important contributions towards corporate social responsibility and sustainable business practices.
SACC-Philadelphia selected IKEA Conshohocken due to its strong commitment to sustainable business practices and emphasis on renewability and recyclability. One example of this commitment to sustainability is IKEA Conshohocken’s installation of 4,760 solar panels on the roof of the store location, which produces about 1.3M KWH of clean electricity and reduces over 900 tons of carbon dioxide annually. Consistent with the goal of being energy independent by 2020, IKEA has installed more than 700,000 solar panels on buildings across the world and owns approximately 157 wind turbines in Europe and Canada, with 104 more being built in the U.S.
“Our Chamber is proud to recognize IKEA Conshohocken as its Business Entrepreneurial Award recipient for 2014” says David Engstrom, President of SACC-Philadelphia. “IKEA Conshohocken was unanimously selected by our Executive Committee after evaluating this year’s nominations. IKEA’s sustainability initiatives are very impressive as they strive to offer environmentally sound products and services, which is drawn from its Swedish heritage. We are delighted to recognize IKEA Conshohocken’s accomplishments in promoting sustainable business practices. We are also pleased that this company has its North American service office and two large retail locations in the Philadelphia Region."
SACC-Philadelphia presented its award to IKEA Conshohocken at its annual Glogg holiday reception and business mixer held at the Philadelphia Racquet Club. The award was accepted on behalf of IKEA Conshohocken by its store manager, Camilla Meiby. Many distinguished members of the Philadelphia and Scandinavian business community attended this event.
Solar Panels placed on rooftop
IKEA’s sustainability initiatives are very impressive as they strive to offer environmentally sound products and services, which is drawn from its Swedish heritage.