Ukraine: Govt. designates Mondelez as intl. war sponsor over business expansion in Russia
[Translation prepared by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre]
NAPC adds "Barny Bear" manufacturer to international war sponsors list, 25 May 2023
...The interests of the company, which has an annual income of about $26 billion and operates in 160 countries of the world, is represented on the Russian market by LLC "Mondelis Rus", which has three factories: the "Bolshevik" factory, which produces cookies "Yubileynoe", OREO, "Medvezhonok Barny" and TUC crackers, production in Pokrov (Alpen Gold, "Vozdushny" chocolate, Milka and Picnic bar), factory in Veliky Novgorod (Dirol chewing gum and Halls lollipops). The company is the leader of the confectionery market in the categories of chocolate, chocolate candies and biscuits, and also ranks second in the category of chewing gum and caramels.
According to the results of the military year 2022, the profit of the Russian branch of Mondelez International amounted to $339 million (+303% for the year), the revenue - more than $1 billion (+38% for the year). The company replenished the aggressor's budget by more than $61 million in taxes...
After the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Mondelez employees in the Baltic region, which includes Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, sent a petition to the CEO of the company, Dirk Van de Put, with a request to stop all business in Russia, to which Mondelez responded formally - announcing the suspension of new investments and investments in advertising in Russia. However, judging by the financial indicators, the Russian market remains promising for the company.
Mondelez publicly advertises its charitable assistance to children affected by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. However, at the same time, it...expands its activities in the aggressor country and continues to pay significant amounts to its state budget...