Ukraine’s anti-graft agency declares P&G international sponsor of war

2 February, 07:00 PM
Procter&Gamble has about 2,500 employees in Russia (Photo:REUTERS/Timothy Aeppel)

Procter&Gamble has about 2,500 employees in Russia (Photo:REUTERS/Timothy Aeppel)

Ukraine’s National Agency on Corruption Prevention or NACP has declared U.S. multinational consumer goods corporation P&G (Procter & Gamble) an international sponsor of war, according to the agency’s list of such sponsors, published on the official website.

The corporation was added to this list because it continues to operate in Russia, according to Ukraine’s Economic Security Council, and as such pays taxes to the Russian state budget and contributes to mobilization activities.

“Due to their low moral threshold, hundreds of foreign companies continue to work in the Russian market, thereby financing the army and the military and industrial complex of the aggressor state,” said NACP Head Oleksandr Novikov.

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According to the agency, in March 2022, P&G announced a reduction in its involvement in the Russian market and vowed to continue selling only health and hygiene products in Russia. It was also reported in August that the company no longer invests in business development in that country.

However, the Gillette razor manufacturing plant in St. Petersburg and a toiletries manufacturing plant in Tula Oblast continue to operate.

NACP emphasized that by staying in Russia, the company contributes to Russia’s ongoing military mobilization, since according to new Russian legislation, corporations are required to participate in mobilization activities, promote the recruitment of employees to the army, and finance the purchase of military equipment.

P&G owns subsidiaries and brands such as Gillette, Fairy, Tide, Ariel, Lenor, Mr. Proper, Pampers, Always, Head & Shoulders, Pantene, Old Spice, Hugo Boss, Max Factor, and others.

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