Chairs for IKEA is produced from illegally cut down Ukrainian forests – investigation

Стулья для IKEA производят из незаконно вырубленного украинского леса - расследование

Terje folding chairs, which are sold in the shops IKEA, produced from illegally deforested Ukrainian beech.

This is stated in the investigation of a British NGO, Earthsight.

The supply of raw materials for production deals lesookhotnichy economy of the village Velykyi Bychkiv in Transcarpathia. Inspection the State ecological Inspectorate confirmed that Velikolukskoe forestry illegally issued licenses for “sanitary” logging on more than a hundred sites from April through June 2018.

Data obtained during the investigation show that Velikolukskoe forestry carried out illegal cutting in the same volume in the same period in 2019 and 2020.

The main timber illegally felled beech is a furniture company “VGSM”. The company was founded in 1992 as a supplier for IKEA.

“VGSM” is one of the largest woodworking enterprises of the country, recycles 40 thousand cubic meters of wood annually, of which make nearly half a million beech chairs. Almost all goods they export to the EU, with customer 96% of all products is IKEA.

Transport documents show that “VGSM” sells raw materials are beech, oak and ash on the IKEA factory in Slovakia. A large part of export products is semi-finished furniture parts IKAE or beech sawnwood, which is trafficked to Romania, where the final processing is the company Plimob.

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Стулья для IKEA производят из незаконно вырубленного украинского леса - расследование

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