Lumber Liquidators: Trading Siberian Tigers, Organized Crime, and Illegal Logging for Cheap Flooring

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Extinction for cheap flooring? Hell no.

Extinction for cheap flooring? Hell no.

A shocking new report shows direct ties between hardwood flooring giant Lumber Liquidators, organized crime, and the illegal logging of the habitat of the last 450 Siberian Tigers. This shameless disregard for the last few remaining members of the species in pursuit of cheap flooring is not only disgusting, it’s illegal under American law and has prompted a federal investigation.

Take Action: Tell Lumber Liquidators to immediately eliminate illegal hardwoods from their products.

Posing undercover as large scale lumber buyers, RAN’s awesome and much admired allies at the Environmental Investigation Agency infiltrated the worst of the worst of a shadowy network of illegal logging operations in Russia’s Far East and tracked their shipments back to their biggest customer, the largest retailer of flooring in the United States, Lumber Liquidators.

The remote area where this rapid deforestation is occurring is the last frontier of old growth hardwoods in the region and the last habitat in Russia for the highly endangered Siberian Tiger. Thanks to the US Lacey Act, amended in 2008 to ban the trade of illegal wood and forest products, this case is now under active investigation by the US Department of Justice.

For the amazing backstory of how this came to be, watch EIA’s video (below) and then read their recently released report Liquidating the Forests: Hardwood Flooring, Organized Crime and the World’s Last Siberian Tigers.

In order to retain even a shred of credibility, Lumber Liquidators needs to immediately and irrevocably take action to improve due diligence and bring itself into compliance with the Lacey Act. It must eliminate forest illegality, destruction and human rights violations from its supply chain. Lumber Liquidators must cut supply chain ties with Xingjia, the supplier which is the source of this illegal hardwood, and adopt and implement a comprehensive procurement policy that ensures the company will never again be involved in destroying old growth and endangered forests, abuse of human rights and run away climate change.

The time for action is now—add your name here to send your message directly to Lumber Liquidators.

6 Comments For This Post I'd Love to Hear Yours!

  1. Lind Spors says:

    I will soon be installing flooring in my home.I was considering Lumber Liquidators to save money. I will NOT be going there after reading this. Life is not about profit margins!! I will spread the word!

  2. year says:

    Touche. Great arguments. Keep up the good
    effort.

  3. Response from Lumber Liquidators: “We believe there are numerous inaccuracies and unsubstantiated claims in the Environmental Investigation Agency report and disagree with statements made in the Rainforest Action Network blog post. Lumber Liquidators is committed to uncompromising integrity in how the Company operates, across all areas of the business. The Company has policies and procedures in place for the sourcing, harvesting and manufacturing of all of its products, monitored by professionals located around the world. Quality and sustainability are key components of Lumber Liquidators’ value proposition and the Company invests significant time and resources to safeguard quality control and compliance. Lumber Liquidators seeks to ensure that the Company conducts business ethically and acts in all arenas as a superior corporate citizen. We support the protection of the environment and responsible forest management, and if we find that any of the Company’s suppliers are not adhering to our standards, we will discontinue sourcing from those suppliers.”

  4. L Cross says:

    FYI – Response from Lumber Liquidators:
    Thank you for your email and comments. We believe there are numerous inaccuracies and unsubstantiated claims in the Environmental Investigation Agency report and disagree with statements made in the Rainforest Action Network blog post. Lumber Liquidators is committed to uncompromising integrity in how the Company operates, across all areas of the business. The Company has policies and procedures in place for the sourcing, harvesting and manufacturing of all of its products, monitored by professionals located around the world. Quality and sustainability are key components of Lumber Liquidators’ value proposition and the Company invests significant time and resources to safeguard quality control and compliance. Lumber Liquidators seeks to ensure that the Company conducts business ethically and acts in all arenas as a superior corporate citizen. We support the protection of the environment and responsible forest management, and if we find that any of the Company’s suppliers are not adhering to our standards, we will discontinue sourcing from those suppliers.

    Sincerely,
    Lumber Liquidators

  5. Austin says:

    I signed your petition and got an email back tonight from Lumber L.

    “Lumber Liquidators
    4:21 PM (5 hours ago)

    to me
    Thank you for your email and comments. We believe there are numerous inaccuracies and unsubstantiated claims in the Environmental Investigation Agency report and disagree with statements made in the Rainforest Action Network blog post. Lumber Liquidators is committed to uncompromising integrity in how the Company operates, across all areas of the business. The Company has policies and procedures in place for the sourcing, harvesting and manufacturing of all of its products, monitored by professionals located around the world. Quality and sustainability are key components of Lumber Liquidators’ value proposition and the Company invests significant time and resources to safeguard quality control and compliance. Lumber Liquidators seeks to ensure that the Company conducts business ethically and acts in all arenas as a superior corporate citizen. We support the protection of the environment and responsible forest management, and if we find that any of the Company’s suppliers are not adhering to our standards, we will discontinue sourcing from those suppliers.

    Sincerely,
    Lumber Liquidators”

  6. Jenna says:

    BE WARNED! When you click on that link to take action, Lumber Liquidators will add you to their email ad lists. What a freaking joke!

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