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News Summary: IKEA regrets use of forced labor

Updated at: 11/16/2012 5:05 PM
By The Associated Press

PRISON LABOR: IKEA expressed regret Friday that it benefited from the use of forced prison labor by some of its suppliers in communist East Germany more than 20 years ago.

THE REPORT: The Swedish furniture giant released an independent report showing that East German prisoners, among them many political dissidents, were involved in the manufacture of goods supplied to IKEA between 25 and 30 years ago.

COMPANY AWARE: IKEA managers were aware that prisoners could be used and took some measures to prevent that, but they weren’t enough, the report said.

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