Italy is the second largest manufacturer of furniture, and imports it about 80 per cent of timber. Italy also imports large amounts of pulp and paper.
Italian imports involves many countries at risk, where up to 80 percent of the timber is illegally logged, where indigenous rights are being violated, where timber trade fuels wars and dictatorships.
Yet Italy has in place no effective measures to control the timber market and to fight illegal timber trafficking. Therefore Italy is a major buyer of logas and timber coming from illicit origin.
Italian authorities are very effective in fighting the illegal import and trade of Italian products. They should put at least the same efforts in curbing the trade in illegal products. Furthermore, Italian companies with activities abroad, should be responsible for environmental crimes against and human rights violations by their subsidiaries.