Not all international companies reacted adequately to Russia's invasion of Ukraine. The world community has imposed harsh sanctions, but many brands and companies are principally working on the territory of the aggressor country.
The Association of Retailers of Ukraine has already made a statement about it. The company FOZZY GROUP called on international corporations not to embarrass their reputation:
"Re-read carefully the values of your company and find where it is said about cowardice, invertebrates, and greed. Right now people die in Ukraine, innocent children, men and women of all ages and professions—people you call your customers, satisfy their needs and segment them, "the company noted.
Ukrainian branches condemn Russian aggression
contacted offices of several companies that remain in the Russian market, but got an explanation of only several Ukrainian offices. In particular, Bosch in Ukraine replied that it condemns the actions of the Russian Federation.
"The head office of the company in Germany allocated 1 million euros to the Red Cross to help the affected population of Ukraine. Now the head office of Bosch very carefully examines the effects of recent sanctions. Against this background, deliveries to the Russian Federation are stopped and new orders are not accepted. Some factories and representative offices of the company in the Russian Federation announced the halt of production. We regularly inform the German office about the war in Ukraine and victims," the company stated.
"Philips Ukraine staff have already officially appealed to the Central Office of the Company in the Netherlands demanding to terminate the work in the aggressor country," the company explained.
Auchan Ukraine stated that, despite the fact that they are part of the Auchan International Group, "we have our own position—the position of Auchan Retail Ukraine."
"We appealed to our parent company with a request to actively influence the situation in order to stop the war in Ukraine. We strongly condemn the war in our country. Every day, our people go to work under combat operations, several times a day they are forced to save themselves and clients in shelters from possible air strikes, some of the staff lost housing and their loved ones," the company noted.
Petro Chernyshov, the former head of Carlsberg in Ukraine and Vice President of Carlsberg Group in seven countries of Eastern Europe, called on the Danish concern to stop the business in the Russian Federation over the military aggression in Ukraine.
"I received a letter to employees from the company's general director (he is Dutchman). It contains an interesting message about the "events between Russia and Ukraine". They write that they do not intend to leave Russia. They will just stop investing new money in Russia. And then another letter where they just want to give 10 million euros to Ukraine and pay it off —for them it is a small amount," he wrote on Facebook.
In his opinion, in connection with the invasion of Russian troops to Ukraine, Carlsberg must completely stop their business in the Russian Federation, puttin up their plants for sale.
"Black" list of international companies continuing to work in Russia
- Coca-Cola (USA)—still manages 10 factories in Russia and stated that it remains in the Russian market.
- Pepsi Co (USA)—has 6 beverage plants, Frito Lay that produces Lay's, Cheetos, and Xpycteam crisps, as well as Wimm-Bill-Dann factory;
- Nestle SA (Switzerland) that owns 2,000 brands (Nescafe, Nesquik, Nuts, Maggi, Svіkt, Mivina, and Torchin) of products does not stop its work in the Russian Federation. On February 24, there was information that the company phases out activities in Ukraine due to the danger to its employees. In Ukraine, Nestle ows 3 factories in Lviv (Svitoch and Mivina) and the Volyn region (Torchyn), where 5,000 people worked;
- Philip Morris (Marlboro, Parliament, Bond, Chesterfield, L&M, Next, and IQOS) owns a plant in the Leningrad region;
- JTI (Japan): Winston, Mevius, Camel, Sobranie, Glamor, and LD—has 4 plants, of which two finished product factories are in St. Petersburg and Rostov-on-Don. Another two factories are engaged in processing tobacco raw materials—in the Lipetsk and the Leningrad region;
- British American Tobacco (Britain): Dunhill, Kent, Lucky Strike, Pall Mall, and Rothmans—owns BAT-Spb factory in St. Petersburg;
- Imperial Tobacco (Britain): West, Parker & Simpson, Prima, and Davidoff Cigarettes—owns the factory Imperial Tobacco Volga in Volgograd;
- Tesco (United Kingdom)—manages 10 food and non-food shops in the Russian Federation;
- Henkel—has 10 factories in the Russian Federation, sells products of Persil and Schwarzkopf brands;
- LG (South Korea)—owns the plant in the Moscow region;
- Samsung (South Korea)—has an enterprise in the Kaluga region;
- METRO —international trade wholesale chain with headquarters in Germany;
- BSH (Germany): Bosch & Siemens—owns the plant near St. Petersburg;
- Bayer (Germany)—works in agricultural and pharmaceutical markets;
- Auchan (France)—has 241 store in the Russian Federation;
- Leroy Merlin (France), managing 107 stores in the Russian Federation;
- LC Waikiki (France-Turkey) owns 20 stores in the Russian Federation;
- Raiffeisen Bank International (RBI) (Austria)—net profit in the Russian Federation for 12 months of 2021 grew by 7.6% and reached 41 billion rubles;
- OTP (Hungary)—over 9 months of 2021, it earned 6 billion rubles of net profit;
- Credit Agricole (France)—one of the oldest banks remains to work in the Russian Federation;
- BNP Paribas (France)—in the Russian Federation, the banking group is represented by several legal entities—BNP Pariba Bank, corporate and investment banking services, Arval LLC, operating leasing, and Cardiff Insurance Company;
- Stellantis—has a factory for the production of models of famous brands Peugeot, Citroen, Opel, and Fiat. It decided not to interrupt activities in the Russian Federation. The company also does not declare the suspension of exports in the Russian Federation of luxury models of Maserati cars, as well as Chrysler, Dodge, Alfa Romeo, and Jeep SUVs;
- Danone (France)—the manufacturer of the diary products does not stop working in the Russian Federation;
- Johnson & Johnson (USA)—corporation that produces cosmetic and hygienic items remains on the market;
- Unilever (United Kingdom)—the global leader in the market of food and household chemicals and perfumery remains on the market;
- Karlsberg (Denmark) continues to work on the market;
- Totalenergies (France)—oil and gas company stated that it would retain the presence in Russia, but will not invest in new projects in the country. The French own 19% of the largest producer of liquefied gas in the country;
- Pirelli (Italy)—the largest tire manufacturer stated that it created the Crisis Committee to monitor the situation, but not yet plans to stop production in any of the two Russian factories;
- BASF—the world's largest chemical group stated that it will keep the food production in the RF and RB "due to humanitarian considerations";
- SwatchGroup (Switzerland)—watchmaker stated that it would continue activities in the Russian Federation, but would suspend import imports. It will be possible to buy watches from brands Rado, Breguet, and Omega in the RF.
What can each of us do?
- Go to their official pages and write in the comments to their posts that they finance war—urge to stop working in Russia.
- Tag the sites and pages of their brands in Instagram, Twitter and other social networks—make posts and stories.
- Message templates:https://bit.ly/sbir_texts