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Oreo-maker Mondelez , Nestle and PepsiCo face pushback from workers in Ukraine and eastern Europe angered by the companies` decisions to maintain some business in Russia, according to internal corporate communications reviewed by Reuters and interviews with six workers. The emerging employee activism comes on top of Ukraine’s repeated appeals to Western companies to go beyond current sanctions and cut all commercial ties with Russia, with the mayor of Kviv calling such payments to Moscow “bloody money”.
Roughly 130 employees at Mondelez in the Baltics region encompassing Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia sent a petition in March to CEO Dirk Van de Put to stop all business in Russia, an action not previously reported. One Ukraine employee of Mondelez interviewed by Reuters expressed shock and dismay that their company was still promoting “The Batman” Oreo cookies in Russia and offering chances to win up to 500,000 roubles ($6,000) on an Oreo.
To be sure, the employees speaking out, or even resigning in some cases, over the companies’ response to Russia’s invasion are mainly based in Ukraine, Poland or Eastern Europe and are a small fraction of the hundreds of thousands of workers the food makers employ. An internal memo seen by Reuters shows Nestle has seen an unspecified number of Ukraine employees quit and others bullied on social media for remaining with a company doing business with Russia.
The website showed cinema tickets and hats being awarded as recently as Wednesday List to winners whose phone numbers start with the Russian country code. Another website promoting Milka chocolates offered Russian residents up to 20% cash back on purchases and prizes in a promotion that started March 15, three weeks after Russia invaded Ukraine. “The Batman” movie was pulled from release in Russia one week before it was scheduled to reach theatres.
We also provide humanitarian assistance in Ukraine. His three companies, the world’s largest packaged food makers by market capitalization, Nestlé, PepsiCo and Mondelez, have not disclosed which brands are still sold in Russia or which they consider essential. Mondelez’s petition said he “strongly disagrees” with the company’s decision to allow the employee to remain in Russia, according to a screenshot of an internal social media post shared by the employee to Reuters. He declined to give his name because he is not authorized to speak to the media.
Warner Bros Discovery Inc, which owns the movie studio that made “The Batman” , communicated the move to its partners, such as Mondelez, but had no influence over whether “The Batman” -branded product is removed from shelves, a person familiar with the matter said. Mondelez didn’t directly answer questions about The Batman’s Oreos and Milka promotions, but said the commercials weren’t airing in Russia. Consumer goods companies such as Unilever and he said P&G continue to operate in Russia because of the necessities such as diapers and milk that Russians need in their daily lives.
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