IKEA Refutes Allegations of Cuban Prison Labor

Swedish furniture giant IKEA denies allegations of using Cuban political prisoners for labor. (Google Images)

Caribbean 360 is reporting that Swedish furniture giant IKEA has denied reports about the use of Cuban prison labor to manufacture goods for its stores. The company also said that it did not have a “long-term business relation with suppliers on the Spanish-speaking Caribbean island.

The writer of the article reports:

“IKEA issued an apology after an audit by the accounting firm Ernst & Young confirmed reports that some suppliers used forced prison labor, including many political dissidents, in communist-ruled East Germany in the 1980s.”‘We deeply regret that this could happen,’ in East Germany, manager Jeanette Skjelmose said in a statement issued here. “The use of political prisoners for manufacturing was at no point accepted.”
The report also stated that there was never any long-term relationships with suppliers and the company was likely unaware of the use of political prisoners in the manufacturing of the furniture.

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