McDonald’s, Starbucks and Coca-Cola suspend operations in Russia after mounting pressure over Ukraine invasion
McDonald’s, Starbucks and Coca-Cola suspended operations in Russia in response to its invasion of Ukraine. The big three brands all announced the move within hours of each other yesterday (March 8).
In a statement posted on its website, Starbucks said it was “suspending all business activity in Russia.” The company said its partner, Alshaya Group, which operates more than 100 cafes in Russia, “will support nearly 2,000 partners in Russia who depend on Starbucks for their livelihoods.”
Starbucks Chief Executive Kevin Johnson said in a statement posted on the website that the company condemns “Russia’s horrific attacks on Ukraine and our hearts go out to everyone affected.” He said: “We continue to watch the tragic events unfold and have decided to suspend all business activity in Russia, including shipping of all Starbucks products.
“Our licensed partner has agreed to immediately suspend store operations and will provide support to the nearly 2,000 partners in Russia who depend on Starbucks for their livelihoods. Thanks to this dynamic situation, we will continue to make decisions true to our mission and values and to communicate with transparency. »
It came just hours after McDonald’s announced the temporary closure of all restaurants in Russia in 850 different communities. In a post shared yesterday on the fast food giant’s website – which was initially sent to employees and franchisees via email – CEO Chris Kempczinski said: “The conflict in Ukraine and the humanitarian crisis in Europe have caused untold suffering to innocent people.
Mr Kempczinski said he would continue to pay the 62,000 employees in Russia, although the company “cannot ignore the unnecessary human suffering taking place in Ukraine”. He said: “McDonald’s has decided to temporarily close all of our restaurants in Russia and suspend all market operations.
“We understand the impact this will have on our Russian colleagues and partners, which is why we are ready to support the three legs of the stool in Ukraine and Russia. This includes maintaining pay for all McDonald’s employees in Russia.
Coca-Cola later announced that it would also suspend operations in Russia. In a statement posted on the company’s website, the beverage giant said: “The Coca-Cola Company announced today that it is suspending operations in Russia.
“Our hearts are with those who are suffering the unacceptable effects of these tragic events in Ukraine. We will continue to monitor and assess the situation as circumstances evolve. »
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