The conflict between Russia and Ukraine is pushing some distribution companies to act.
Earlier this week, Adidas announced it was suspending its long-term partnership with the Russian Football Union (RFU), the governing body that oversees football in Russia. The world football body, FIFA, and the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) on Monday banned all Russian teams from participating in sports competitions organized by the bodies “until further notice”.
As the conflict escalates, various North American brands pledge to support Ukrainians who have been displaced from their homes during the conflict. Many have also made the decision to halt their sales to Russia to take a stand against the country’s aggressive actions.
Here is a running list of companies that have stopped selling products in Russia for the time being:
Canada Goose has decided to suspend all wholesale and e-commerce sales to Russia.
“We will continue to monitor the situation as it evolves and join others around the world calling for peace,” the brand said in a statement.
The H&M group announced on Wednesday that it had suspended all sales in Russia. The company also temporarily closed all stores in Ukraine “for the safety of customers and colleagues”.
“H&M Group cares about all of its colleagues and joins those around the world who are calling for peace,” the company said in a statement.
The Barcelona-based fashion group said on Thursday it had temporarily suspended operations in Russia, closing company stores and online platforms as well as halting deliveries to the country.
Franchised stores in Russia, which account for 65 of the 120 stores there, “will be able to continue to operate and distribute Mango apparel, subject to their current inventory availability,” the company said.
“Mango will guarantee coverage and support to its employees throughout the coming months,” the company added.
Via a notice on its Russian website, Nike said it has halted delivery of products from its website to Russia.
As the notice explains, “merchandise purchases on Nike.com and the Nike app are temporarily unavailable” for customers in Russia. It was not clear from the notice whether the shipping limit was the result of logistical issues in the region or a political stance by Nike. A company spokesperson did not return a request for comment.
According to the brand’s website, various Nike stores across Russia were open as of Wednesday.
Puma reportedly stopped deliveries to Russia but kept its 100 stores in the country open.
TJX Companies said it would divest its minority investment in Familia, a Russian off-price retailer, and ask buyers to halt purchases from Russia and Belarus.
“While we have historically purchased only a very minimal amount of product from these countries, it is an important part of our commitment as a company to supporting the people of Ukraine,” TJX said in a statement. “At this difficult time for our world, we are here for each other. Our hearts go out to all those whose lives have been touched by this terrible war.”
Under Armor said Thursday it has partnered with humanitarian groups to help those displaced by the conflict and halted all shipments to sales channels in Russia.
“Like the rest of the world, we are shocked and saddened by Russia’s unprovoked attack on Ukraine,” Under Armor said in a statement. “At Under Armour, one of our values is Stand for Equality. We believe in the power of democracy, the ultimate team sport.