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14 Sep 2021

Professional Union of Belarusians in Britain (PUBB)

Letter: Social responsibility of Bayer - placement of advertisements on Belarusian State Television

We, the Professional Union of Belarusians in Britain (PUBB), the People’s Embassy of Belarus in the UK and the Belarusian Community Group "Nadzeya" are reaching out to you regarding the placing of a television advertisement for Bayer on Belarusian State Television.

We urge you to abstain from placing further advertisements on Belarusian TV channels. Indeed, Belarusian state television is a propaganda tool used to distort the truth, intimidate the population and support the illegitimate regime and state terrorism...

We note that under its Human Rights Policy, Suppliers Code of Conduct and its commitments to UN Global Compact principles, Bayer subscribed to and expect its business partner to respect universal human rights principles, including freedom of association and non discrimination on political grounds. We kindly invite you to consider if continuing cooperation with a propaganda tool of "illegitimate, illegal and criminal" (these are the actual terms from the EU Parliament Resolution) regime is compatible with Bayer ethical standards and the above commitments?