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5 Apr 2023

B4Ukraine Coalition

Letter to Procter & Gamble regarding its ongoing business activities in Russia

...By continuing its operations, Procter & Gamble are creating jobs and paying taxes in support of the Russian economy, which directs a large part of the budget to the military industry. In 2021 alone, the company paid approximately $5.2 million in tax revenues and other payments.

In response, on February 2, 2023, the Ukrainian National Agency for Prevention of Corruption (NAPC) included Procter & Gamble in the list of international sponsors of the war. The basis for this decision was the information provided by the Economic Security Council of Ukraine, which notes that Procter & Gamble continues to work in Russia, pays taxes to the budget and contributes to mobilisation measures.

Due to these developments, we are requesting a clarification from Procter & Gamble on whether it intends to follow through on its commitments and leave the Russian market. The company’s activities risk enabling and financing Russia’s violations of IHL and human rights law during the ongoing invasion and occupation of Ukraine and violating Procter & Gamble’s Human Rights policies and the company’s commitment to abiding by the UNGPs. It remains to be seen how directly Procter & Gamble will be impacted by the partial mobilisation and the heightened legal, regulatory, operational, and financial risks associated with companies being required to provide direct support to the internationally sanctioned Russian military.

We seek to understand how Procter & Gamble has conducted and continues to conduct heightened human rights due diligence and how the findings of such a process has resulted in these continued business activities and relationships...