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Disclosure

22 Mar 2022

Author:
Carlsberg

Carlsberg response

22 March 2022

...We have gathered a cross-functional emergency response team, which is continuously assessing what are the most pressing issues and defining appropriate actions to address them, considering their overall impact, and prioritizing people´s safety...

We have established communication channels for our employees in Ukraine and potentially affected countries, to get continuous and quality feedback on the areas where support is needed.

Additionally, we are engaging with organisations working on the ground to learn about their assessment of needs and provide support through formal structures with expertise in humanitarian aid, migration, and conflict...

Carlsberg Group initially announced the halt of new investments and exports into Russia. Since then, we have ceased all advertising by both the Carlsberg Group and Baltika Breweries in Russia, and we will stop producing and selling our flagship brand, Carlsberg, in the Russian market. Baltika Breweries will be run as a separate business, with the purpose of sustaining our employees and their families. Any profits generated by the business in Russia will be used to support relief efforts...

01 June 2022

...Operations were suspended in the 3 facilities on February 24. We have partly resumed operations in Kyiv in mid-April and in Lviv in late March...We are constantly adjusting activities to use our influence to minimize the impact on people...

Carlsberg Group has taken a series of actions to progressively reduce the company´s presence in Russia while living up to our responsibilities towards employees.

The process started with the halt of new investments and exports into Russia. Subsequently, the company ceased all advertising by both the Carlsberg Group and Baltika Breweries in Russia and stopped the production and selling of the company’s flagship brand, Carlsberg, in the Russian market.

From that point, Baltika Breweries was run as a separate business, with the sole purpose of sustaining employees and their families, and all profits generated by the business in Russia since then started being used to support relief efforts.

This was a careful and difficult evaluation process that culminated with the decision to seek full disposal of our business in Russia, after which Carlsberg Group will have no presence in Russia. Until the completion of the process, we will maintain a reduced level of operations to sustain the livelihoods of our employees and any profits generated during the humanitarian crisis will continue to be donated to relief organisations.

Our decision was the result of a careful and difficult evaluation process that took a big variety of aspects into account. These aspects were guided by a strong commitment to respect people, which can be found embedded in our company policies.

We are continuously assessing potential impacts connected to the full disposal of our business in Russia and we will identify the possibility to carry out appropriate preventive measures...

This is part of the Carlsberg Human Rights Policy and any violations of such policy can be raised through the company´s Speak Up system...

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