Tag: u-s-lacey-act

The Dictator’s Door

From Crimes in Equatorial Guinea's Forests to Home Depot's Customers

Our new investigation into crimes in Equatorial Guinea's forests suggests that Home Depot, the world’s largest home improvement chain, and Jeld-Wen, the self-declared largest door and window manufacturer in the world, have violated the US Lacey Act for years through their failure to conduct proper due care to ensure they do not use illegally sourced wood.

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New Report Exposes Home Depot’s Alleged Connection To Grand Corruption and Forest Crimes in the Congo Basin

According to EIA’s findings, over 1.2 million doors sold since 2018 are at high risk for containing illegally sourced okoume wood from Equatorial Guinea. The supply chain for these doors leads to and benefits the oppressive and corrupt regime of President Teodoro Obiang, whose government has one of the worst corruption and human rights records in the world.

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US Company Pleads Guilty to Importing Illegal Timber from Peru

  A United States timber importer, Global Plywood and Lumber Trading LLC, has pleaded guilty to importing illegal timber from Peru in violation of the US Lacey Act, which prohibits trade of illegal timber products into the country. A six-year investigation conducted by Homeland Security Investigations, Customs and Border Protection, and the Department of Justice, […]