November 9, 2017
Fiskars to terminate cooperation with Kärkkäinen department store by the end of 2017
Mr. Juha Kärkkäinen, Managing Director and owner of the department store J. Kärkkäinen Oy, has repeatedly been associated with connections that do not represent the views of Fiskars Group. We have been in contact with J. Kärkkäinen Oy on several occasions to express our disapproval and concerns. Despite our actions, our company and our brands have been involved in conversations and negatively exposed in connections that we do not want to advance, and which do not represent our values.
We hold ourselves accountable for upholding our values in everything we do. We recognize our responsibility as a supplier and the relevance of the Kärkkäinen department stores in their region. At the same time it is important for us to disclaim all extremism and act in accordance with our values.
Fiskars will terminate cooperation with Kärkkäinen department store by the end of 2017. We are prepared to consider re-starting the cooperation again if J. Kärkkäinen Oy, its management and owners, clearly disclaim extremism, promoting extremist views, and any possible connections to extremist organizations.