A growing middle class with greater home ownership has provided an ideal market for Swedish furniture giant IKEA in Asia Pacific. Ensuring a safe, efficient and cost-effective construction process is inevitably challenging in less mature markets with a lack of experience of high quality western-standard construction.
Faithful+Gould is providing IKEA with integrated services in China, Malaysia and India. In the Baoshan District of Shanghai, China, Faithful+Gould delivered Asia’s first multi-level steel structure, comprising four sales floors, marketing hall, showrooms, café, offices and a five-level car park. Work is under way on the first IKEA store in Southern Malaysia.
Faithful+Gould’s best practice is aligned to the IKEA code of conduct, that specifies the requirements placed on suppliers, including compliance with pay rates, working hours and minimum working age, as well as environmentally-sound sourcing and procurement practices free from conflict of interest.