Serious allegations against Ikea! The Swedish furniture giant is undoubtedly one of those companies that have a good image. Many products from Ikea are comparatively cheap and still have a convincing quality. The results of international research are all the more violent.
The research collective “WeReport” on behalf of the non-profit organization “Disclose” claims to have found out that Ikea had many bestsellers manufactured in prison camps in Belarus until the start of the Ukraine war in February 2022!
Ikea furniture from prison camps in Belarus?
Accordingly, wood, preliminary products, chipboard, but also entire furniture came from the country of dictator Alexander Lukashenko (68). About half of the Ikea suppliers from Belarus are said to have maintained contacts with penal colonies – i.e. forced labor camps that are known for torture, abuse and the disappearance of people.
The constantly deteriorating human rights situation has not led to a rethinking of the Swedes. Ikea is said to have worked particularly closely with the company “Mogotex”, which produces curtains, tablecloths and towels. “Mogotex” is said to have cooperated with at least four penal colonies, according to research published by “taz”.
Ikea spokeswoman: “We take reports on Belarus very seriously”
Our editors confronted Ikea with the reports. A spokeswoman: “At Ikea we take the current reports on Belarus very seriously. As a company, we have a zero-tolerance policy towards human rights violations in our supply chain. It is our approach to contribute to sustainable change for the better wherever we operate.”
Whenever you receive information about misconduct, you take it very seriously and investigate it. The spokeswoman did not comment on the cases described. However, she admitted that in June 2021 it was decided to halt all business developments due to “significant human rights challenges in Belarus and the unpredictable environment”. In June, Ikea made the decision to abandon production in Belarus and terminate contracts with suppliers.