Rimi Baltic, a chain of over 260 supermarkets in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, has joined a boycott against Grigeo amid accusations that the group's Klaipeda cardboard factory released untreated wastewater into the Curonian Lagoon.
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Rimi Baltic will not purchase Grigeo products until it is confident that all steps have been taken to prevent any potential damage to the environment, the chain said on Monday.

"Rimi stands firm on its corporate responsibility commitments, with environmental protection being one of the cornerstones. We demand unconditionally that our suppliers respect them, too," Rimi Baltic Group CEO Edgar Sesemann said in a comment emailed to BNS.

"We want to 100 percent sure that any illegal activity has been terminated," he added.

According to the CEO, Rimi Baltic will conclude no new contracts with Grigeo after selling the existing stock.

Five Lithuanian furniture manufacturers supplying their products to Sweden's furniture giant IKEA stopped buying Grigeo Klaipeda products last week.

Three retail chains – Iki, Norfa and Senukai – have stopped stocking Grigeo toilet paper, and paper napkins and towels due to the pollution scandal. These products are manufactured at the group's factory in Grigiskes, a suburb of Vilnius.

Maxima says it is still considering joining the boycott of Grigeo products, and Aibe, another major supermarket chain, does not intend to do so.

Rimi has over 260 retail stores in the three Baltic countries, including 61 in Lithuania.

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