Rimi, Maxima suspend cooperation with Latvian company suspected of human trafficking

  • 2020-11-20
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN – Retailers Rimi and Maxima said on Friday that they have suspended cooperation with the Latvian confectionery company Adugs, which is suspected of money laundering and human trafficking.

"Suppliers of Rimi have signed an addendum to their contract in which they confirm that their activity is sustainable when it comes to the environment and people's health, as well as socially responsible. The conclusion of new contracts with Adugs has been suspended," Katrin Bats, head of corporate responsibility at Rimi, said in a press release. 

The Adugs products currently at Rimi stores will continue to be sold to avoid wasting of food, she said.

Also Janne Laik, head of marketing and PR at Maxima Eesti, told BNS that very disturbing information concerning alleged conduct by Adugs vis-a-vis its employees has become known to the public. 

"For that reason, we decided to immediately suspend all orders to that supplier until relevant law enforcement institutions of Latvia have made their position known on this case," Laik said.