IKEA denies use of timber illegally logged in Ukrainian Carpathians

Source : 112 Ukraine

The results of the investigation made by Legalis LLC, as well as an internal audit of IKEA, indicate that there are no signs of illegally harvested timber entering the company's supply chain
11:58, 3 October 2020

The world's largest furniture manufacturer, the Swedish company IKEA, has denied the use of wood illegally cut in the Carpathians in its production, according to an investigation made by the British non-governmental organization Earthsight this year in June. The company made this conclusion as a result of an independent audit, Interfax Ukraine reports.

"The results of Legallis LLC investigation, which included forest site visits, as well as our internal investigation by a team of timber procurement and forestry specialists, did not reveal any indication that illegally harvested wood has entered our supply chain," company informed.

In addition, the data published in the report was studied by Assurance Services International (ASI), an independent auditor of the non-profit organization FSC (Forest Stewardship Council).

IKEA also announced its support for FSC's efforts to improve responsible forestry in Ukraine and beyond. 

As it was reported earlier, in June, British NGO Earthsight released the results of its 18-month investigation. These materials reported that IKEA company sales beech chairs made of the timber received from illegal logging of the forests in the Ukrainian Carpathians, where endangered species of lynx and bear live.

The illegal lumber was used during the production of the number of well-known goods, particularly, its legendary folding chairs, folding chairs Terje and popular diner chairs Ingolf.

Annually, dozen of thousands of chairs made from the illegal timber are sold in the IKEA shops all over the world, including in the U.S., the UK and Germany.

Such logging is possible due to the corruption of the public forest enterprises.

Related: IKEA begins to take orders in Ukraine



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