by Tim Horsten
CSR Consultant / Engineer

May 8, 2017

Tim Horsten

IKEA Media Production engaged Except to showcase the sustainability achievements and ambitions of its 200-million-copy catalog. Together we created a storytelling infographic for the IKEA customer-facing staff and a data-packed dashboard for internal stakeholders such as store co-workers, catalog production, PR, social media, communication, sustainability, and marketing managers and teams. The tools have been introduced to thousands of employees, permeating learning and awareness.


The Story of Print

The "The Story of Print" infographic employs a storytelling approach to show the visitor the complete production cycle of the catalog. It shows the six steps of the life cycle of the IKEA catalog, from logging to recycling. The infographic informs and inspires the IKEA customer-facing personnel to convey the catalog's sustainability story to its customers. Questions such as "would a digital version be better?" introduce the viewer to data and dilemmas in the catalog's production, distribution, and recyclability.

Viewers can also access further information, other media, and data visualizations based on their interests. It offers critical performance data, such as percentages of FSC™ certified paper, renewable energy, and amounts of water used.

The Story of Print is now part of the IKEA Media Production learning website and is familiar to all employees.


Data-driven Dashboard

Aimed at sustainability professionals and enthusiasts, the Data Dashboard shows the history, current status, and targets for crucial sustainability indicators (KPIs) for the catalog. The Data Dashboard's info-tiles are dynamic, intuitive, and elegant, and all data is presented following international protocols such as GRI G4.

These tiles display the past, current, and desired future performance of the IKEA catalog on 13 key aspects of sustainable performance at a glance. These include input materials, energy, CO2 emissions, and waste. Contextual information provides additional insight into how IKEA achieves these results and plans to improve them further. Thousands of worldwide visitors are now attracted to IKEA's Data Dashboard.


Supply Chain Engagement

In a second related project with IKEA Media Production and its partners, Except developed smart decision support tools to unlock the big data of the supply chain behind the IKEA catalog. These tools help boost sustainability performance and create a learning supply chain that is now helping to transform the biggest paper and print suppliers around the world.

The decision support tools, the dashboard, and the infographic were rolled out in three design rounds of four months each.

Tim Horsten
by Tim Horsten
CSR Consultant / Engineer

May 8, 2017

Project team

  • Tim Horsten

    CSR Consultant / Engineer

  • Tom Bosschaert


  • Carmen Vercauteren

    Industrial Ecologist
    Except Integrated Sustainability

  • Matthieu Leroy

    Project manager
    Inter IKEA Systems

  • Tijn Schmits

    Software Architect & Developer

  • Max Senden

    Graphic Designer & Creative Problemsolver
    Studio Max Senden

  • Jacco Beije

    Systems engineering
    Redproc IT systems

  • Marcin Kaszinski

    back-end software developer

  • Jos de Witte

    Software Architect

  • Merel Segers

    Industrial Ecologist & Sustainable Storyteller
    Merel Segers Sustainability Analysis & Communication

  • Ashley Myers

    Sustainability Specialist
    Inter IKEA Systems

  • Jessica Guerrero

    Communications Specialist
    Inter IKEA Systems

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