IKEA in the spotlight: Flatpack furniture linked to ‘systematic destruction’ of Romanian forests

By Charlie Jaay
June 9, 2024
Category: Forestry
Region: International

IKEA has been accused of contributing to the rapid deterioration of Romania’s biologically rich forests. Two recent investigations reveal the impact of the flatpack furniture giant on the country’s Carpathian mountains, one of Europe’s largest remaining areas of old growth forests. According to a Greenpeace report, more than 50% of Romania’s ancient forests have disappeared in the past 20 years, due to corruption and poor law enforcement. A new report from the NGO details the role that IKEA and the Ingka Group, its largest franchisee, have played. …In a separate investigation, Greenpeace Central and Eastern Europe visited Romania’s old growth forests to examine IKEA’s supply chains. Its report, claims that at least seven suppliers for IKEA’s leading wood products were linked to the “systematic destruction” of old growth forests. …Some forest campaigners feel IKEA is hiding behind the FSC, a certification scheme they claim is failing to protect old growth forests. 

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