Last year Ikea faced damning allegations that its billionaire founder, Ingvar Kamprad, was not only friends with Swedish Nazi-sympathizer Per Engdahl, but actively worked as a recruiter for the fascist Sweden’s Socialist Union (SSS) during World War 2.Now that scandal may be the least of their worries, as new allegations come out that the company used Communist prisoners to manufacture their goods in the 1970s and 80s.
The allegations first appeared up last year, when a German TV show found documents that appeared to show East German prisoners were illegally used to manufacture furniture for the company.
Now AFP is reporting that reporters from Swedish TV show Uppdrag Granskning have found documents supporting the claim in former East German Stasi secret police files, and are planning to broadcast their findings tonight.
Another report in German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) also suggests that a deal as struck between Ikea and Cuba in 1988 which saw sofas, tables and living room sets made by Cuban prisoners.
The company is apparently investigating the claims. “So far there are no indications that we would have asked that prisoners be used in manufacturing or known about it,” Ikea’s social and environmental manager Jeanette Skjelmose told the Daily Mail. “What we’re looking into now is whether it could have happened anyway, without our knowledge.”
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