Ikea, the Swedish-owned home goods company popular for its low prices, admitted Friday to using East German political prisoners for forced labor in the 1980s, the New York Times reported.
A report by Ernst and Young found that Ikea knowingly used and benefited from forced labor, the New York Times reported. The report was commissioned by Ikea in May, following accusations that forced labor was used with employee knowledge.
According to the Los Angeles Times, investigators examined 100,000 documents from Ikea and Germany, interviewed 90 people and set up a tip hotline.
Jeanette Skjelmose, Ikea's sustainability manager, expressed the company's regret in a statement. The company said it will donate funds to research on forced labor in East Germany, the LA Times reported.
According to the New York Times, Ikea is not the first company revealed to have used East German forced labor, though the actual number is not known.