Nestle Restricts Operations in Russia After Facing Criticism from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky

Nestle announced on March 23 that it will further restrict its operations in Russia after facing public criticism from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky amid the Russian invasion.

Nestle is suspending local production and sales of non-essential goods, such as Kitkat and Nesquik, in Russia.

Nestle said that its activities in Russia will focus solely on providing essential food, such as baby food and hospital nutrition, noting that it is “not on making a profit.”

“This approach is in line with our purpose and values. It upholds the principle of ensuring the basic right to food,” Nestle said.

The company also noted that it has stopped all advertising, has suspended all capital investment in Russia, and are “fully” complying with all international sanctions on Russia.

Nestle also noted that they do not expect to make a profit in Russia, but they will donate any profit made to humanitarian relief organizations.

“We stand with the people of Ukraine and our 5,800 employees there,” Nestle said.

The announcement came days after Zelensky called out Nestle and several other companies for continuing to do business in Russia after its troops invaded Ukraine.

According to a Nestle spokesperson, the company would continue to pay its Russian workers.

“We are in the process of identifying solutions for our people and our factories in Russia,” the spokesperson said.

Nestle has over 7,000 employees and six factories in Russia.

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