23 Jun 2020

Investigation: Thousands of trees illegally felled to build IKEA’s flat pack empire

Chief Correspondent

They’re the largest manufacturer, buyer and retailer of wood on the planet.

IKEA’s factories consume more than 20 million cubic meters of wood a year.

That works out as roughly one tree every second.

The company tells consumers that the wood in its products comes from sustainable forests.

But a major investigation by this programme and the environmental organisation Earthsight has discovered that some of the wood that ends up in Ikea’s most popular products has been cut down illegally.

The wood comes from the lush forests of the Carpathian mountains on the border between Ukraine and Romania – where corruption and illegal logging is a growing problem. Tonight Ikea has launched an investigation into our findings.