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IKEA refuses to join the general CAO furniture branch

01/14/1993

House decorating companies support unions against IKEA, IKEA refuses to join the general CAO furniture branch.

product recall of twelve of their soft animal lines

04/12/1997

product recall of twelve of their soft animal lines (possibly safety risk for children).

IKEA under fire for exploitation of child labour

12/22/1997

IKEA under fire for exploitation of child labour in two factories in Southeast Asia.

SP party in the Netherlands hands over 22000 protest cards

01/14/1998

SP party in the Netherlands hands over 22000 protest cards to IKEA against child labour.

claims that women figures are excluded in the IKEA’s assembly instructions

03/10/2005

IKEA addresses statements by Norwegian Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik, which claims that women figures are excluded in the IKEA’s assembly instructions

Product recall of outdoor candles.

05/01/2006

Product recall of outdoor candles.

IKEA recalls their food labeled jars of marinated herring.

05/10/2007

IKEA recalls their food labeled jars of marinated herring.

IKEA removes price cards after complain from environment agency

03/22/2008

IKEA removes price cards after complain from environment agency. On the price cards states that the wood comes from certified forest but IKEA can’t confirm it says the agency.

IKEA recalls BARNSLIG baby sleeping bags.

06/24/2008

IKEA recalls BARNSLIG baby sleeping bags.

The secret behind the world’s fifth richest man

01/14/2010

An author exposed a book, “The truth about IKEA: The secret behind the world’s fifth richest man and the success of the flatpack giant. Claimed that IKEA had a “complex Stasi-like business culture with spies”, racism and nepotism.

allowed a contractor to pay a bribe to an electrical company official

02/16/2010

Two senior executives in Russia allowed a contractor to pay a bribe to an electrical company official

Product recall of the RUND handmade glass mug

01/18/2011

Product recall of the RUND handmade glass mug

Product recall (for repair) on the SNIGLAR baby crib.

02/17/2011

Product recall (for repair) on the SNIGLAR baby crib.

Product recall FORSTA coffee/tea maker.

03/03/2011

Product recall FORSTA coffee/tea maker.

Also accused of sourcing its wood from uncertified forest in several countries

03/12/2011

IKEA accused of buying wood from areas plagued by illegal logging, particularly in Russia. Also accused of sourcing its wood from uncertified forest in several countries, incl. China and Russia.

Product recall on the BUSA children’s folding tent.

10/06/2011

Product recall on the BUSA children’s folding tent.

Product recall on PAX AUDRIANO wardrobe glass mirror doors.

11/01/2011

Product recall (for replacement) on PAX AUDRIANO wardrobe glass mirror doors.

IKEA accused of paying private investigators for illegal access

03/01/2012

IKEA accused of paying private investigators for illegal access to police files in order to illegally monitor “complaining “customers and “suspicious” staff at stores in France. IKEA also sought confident information about bank accounts of staff members.

Product recall on 365+ SANDA track 70cm and 114 cm due to defect

04/26/2012

Product recall on 365+ SANDA track 70cm and 114 cm due to defect

Accused of hiring prisoners for forced labour, in 1970 and 1980

05/09/2012

Accused of hiring prisoners for forced labour, in 1970 and 1980 in the Totalitarian state East Germany, to make/produce their furniture.

IKEA officially apologizes for benefitting from forced prison labour

11/16/2012

IKEA officially apologizes for benefitting from forced prison labour in East Germany in the ’70 and ’80.

discovery that Swedish meatballs and wiener sausages contained horse meat.

03/22/2013

IKEA’s company reputation hurt after discovery that Swedish meatballs and wiener sausages contained horse meat.