More multinational companies—including McDonald’s, Starbucks and Coca-Cola—have announced they are suspending operations in Russia, following the country’s invasion of Ukraine. We’ve gathered articles on the news from
SHRM Online and other media outlets.
More than 800 McDonald’s Restaurants Closed
McDonald’s, which has been in Russia for three decades, said it would temporarily close its 850 restaurants in the country. Chris Kempczinski, the company’s chief executive, noted that the company employed 62,000 people in the country, worked with hundreds of local Russian suppliers and partners, and served millions of Russian customers each day. McDonald’s said it would continue to pay salaries for its employees in Russia, as it has for its employees in Ukraine.
Starbucks’ Activity in Russia Suspended
In a March 8 message to employees, Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson said that “today, we have decided to suspend all business activity in Russia.” He added that “our licensed partner has agreed to immediately pause store operations and will provide support to the nearly 2,000 [employees] in Russia who depend on Starbucks for their livelihood.” Johnson said that the company is halting shipment of all Starbucks products to Russia.
Coca-Cola and PepsiCo Suspend Business in Russia
Coca-Cola announced on March 8 that it is suspending business in Russia. “Our hearts are with the people who are enduring unconscionable effects from these tragic events in Ukraine,” the company said in a statement. “We will continue to monitor and assess the situation as circumstances evolve.”
PepsiCo cited “the horrific events occurring in Ukraine” in suspending sales of Pepsi-Cola and other brands in Russia. The company will continue to sell dairy products, including milk, as well as baby food and formula.
Other Companies’ Suspensions or Exits
Other companies reducing, suspending or exiting their operations in Russia include Adidas, Airbus, American Express, Apple, Boeing, Canada Goose, Cogent, Deloitte, DHL, EY, FedEx, H&M, IBM, Ikea, KPMG, Mastercard, Microsoft, Netflix, Nike, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Sony, TJX, Unilever, UPS, Visa, Warner Bros., The Walt Disney Company and Yum Brands. Yum Brands is closing 70 company-owned KFC restaurants and all 50 franchise-owned Pizza Hut restaurants.
Initial Suspensions and Closures of Business
Soon after the invasion, oil companies, technology corporations and manufacturers announced they were suspending or halting operations in Russia. BP and Shell exited Russia. Exxon Mobil also announced its departure. Others retreating from Russia included Dell Technologies, Ford and Ericsson. The world’s biggest container ship operators—A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S and Mediterranean Shipping Co.—said they would temporarily suspend services to Russian ports, although they would continue moving food to and from Russia.
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