Franchise Brands Cut Ties with Russia, Join Ukraine Relief Efforts
Beyond the tragedy of human deaths and physical ruin, Putin’s invasion of Ukraine has shaken the world, including franchise brands operating in Russia. Setting up shop in Russia always came with risks for franchisors, but few expected this, and many are doing their best to walk a fine line between protesting and protecting their assets as the war rages on.
As of Monday, March 14, here is list of articles, resources, and related items on the actions franchise brands have taken in response to what many are calling Putin’s War.
Paul Davis Restoration Franchisee, a Ukrainian Native, Helps Provide Kits for Ukrainian Soldiers
Krystyna Golkin, co-owner of Paul Davis Restoration & Remodeling of Suburban Virginia, along with her husband Andrew, is part of a group gathering items to ship to soldiers in Ukraine.
“I am Ukrainian American and my entire family, except my brother, is still in Ukraine,” she said. “This is an exceedingly difficult time for us and we, Ukrainian Americans, are doing what we can to support Ukraine’s fight for freedom and democracy.”
Golkin is working with a group of volunteers through Saint Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in Silver Spring, Maryland, collecting necessities at their homes and bringing them to the church on a weekly basis. They also are working on campaigns to purchase items online and ship them directly to warehouses, where volunteers sort and ship the items to Ukraine.
Her parents, both doctors in Western Ukraine, are helping supply soldiers with items that will sustain them as they go off to war.
“Our group of volunteers created an Amazon wish list so our donors can purchase and ship directly to the church or our warehouse location,” she says. Here is the Amazon link.
Donations can be sent directly to:
Saint Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral
15100 New Hampshire Ave
Silver Spring, MD 20905
Attn. Iryna Rybytva
78 McCullough Drive
New Castle, DE 19726
- McDonald’s, Starbucks, KFC, & Pizza Hut Temporarily Shutting Down Businesses in Russia (Polish News, March 8)
- McDonald’s Temporarily Pauses Operations, Shuts Restaurants in Russia (Global Franchise, March 9)
- Burger King Halts Corporate Support for Its 800-Plus Franchised Locations in Russia (The Hill, March 10)
- Yum! Brands Pausing Investment & Development in Russia; Redirecting Profit to Humanitarian Efforts (Yum! Brands, March 7)
- Dunkin’ Joins the Race Out of Russia (Boston Globe, March 10)
- Papa John's Suspends Operations in Russia (Wall Street Journal, March 9)
- Little Caesars Closes Its 3 Russian Locations Amid Ukraine Invasion (WXYZ-TV, March 10)
- Western Hotel Firms Accor, Hilton, Hyatt, & Marriott Condemn Invasion of Ukraine While Maintaining Relationships with Franchisees in Russia (Costar, March 9)
- Jeff Sonnenfeld and his team at the Yale School of Management are keeping a list of companies that have changed their operations in Russia. It’s being updated around the clock. (March 14)
- For Global Brands, Pulling Out of Russia Isn’t a Yes-or-No Question (Marketplace, March 8)
- Some of the Companies that Have Pledged To Stop Business in Russia (New York Times, March 9)
- Which Companies Are Pulling Out of Russia? (BBC News, March 12)
- The Western Firms that Have Not Cut Russia Ties Over Ukraine (Al Jazeera, March 11)
(Includes a list of more than 330 global companies that have cut ties)
- Russia Faces Brain Drain as Thousands Flee Abroad (BBC News, March 13)
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