Tammi Publishers has decided to terminate its co-operation with J. Kärkkäinen Oy over allegations surrounding the founder and managing director of the low-cost department store retailer, Juha Kärkkäinen.
Timo Julkunen, the chief executive of one of the leading publishing houses in Finland, reveals that the decision was made after careful consideration in November.
“The co-operation has been terminated,” he confirmed to Uusi Suomi on Tuesday.
Tammi, which is owned by Sweden’s Bonnier, has thereby joined a growing number of well-known consumer goods manufacturers that have severed ties with the retailer following media reports that its founder and managing director has long-running ties with the Nordic Resistance Movement. Kärkkäinen has also declined to distance himself from the far-right organisation and accused members of the media of conducting a smear campaign against the department store chain.
Julkunen assured that Tammi will, insofar as is possible, ensure its products are no longer found on the shelves of the department stores but reminded that the publisher cannot dictate how other companies conduct their operations.
“Our guidelines are clear. We’ve terminated any co-operation taking place through our own sales channels,” he stated to Uusi Suomi.
“There are wholesalers that’ll probably continue selling books and other stuff to him, but we of course can’t go there and pull everything [from the shelves].”
He added that the issue was also discussed with Juha Kärkkäinen but refrained from shedding light on the details and nature of the discussions. The decision, he added, was made primarily because self-evident differences in the values of the two companies are “creating incongruity” in business operations.
“There are clear differences [in the values], and the outrage surrounding Kärkkäinen is also complicating our business operations, which is why it’d make no sense [to continue the co-operation],” he said before pointing out that in the long termthe outrage would likely also damage the reputation of Tammi Publishers.
Julkunen also stated that “a lot would have to happen” for Tammi to re-commence its co-operation with J. Kärkkäinen.
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Emmi Korhonen – Lehtikuva
Source: Uusi Suomi