Furniture company Ikea has continued to source Russian lumber despite its pledge to pause all imports from and exports to the country.
Development Manager Purchasing at Ikea Robert Olsson confirmed to Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet that the company had not stopped sourcing Russian lumber but had significantly reduced its dependence on Russian wood. Ikea was said to have decreased purchases from Russia by more than 85 percent.
Olsson said that Ikea’s suppliers have continued to buy Russian wood because they have to find new supply chains. “We must not kill our suppliers,” Olsson said.
In March, Ikea announced it would suspend its operations in Russia, including productions, imports, exports, and sales of its products. The company also said it had donated €20 million to help Ukrainian refugees.
Russia and Belarus were two of Ikea’s largest purchasing countries for furniture wood in 2021.
The European Union has imposed sanctions and trade-restrictive measures against Russia amid the war in Ukraine. The EU has added import bans on Russian wood as part of the sixth package of sanctions against Russia decided last May 4.
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