Ukrainian activists demand new boss of Unilever to pull Dove and Marmite out of Russia


A GROUP of Ukrainian activists gave the new boss of Unilever a hostile welcome yesterday and called for the Dove and Marmite maker to quit Russia.

It came as Kyiv’s government branded the company “an international sponsor of war”.

Anti-war campaigners showed injured Ukrainian soldiers in the style of Dove’s body positive adverts

As Hein Schumacher —- who joined from a Dutch dairy — began his job as CEO, anti-war campaigners displayed a billboard outside the company’s London HQ

It showed injured Ukrainian soldiers in the style of Dove’s body positive adverts.

Other Western firms, including McDonald’s and IKEA, have pulled out of Russia since the invasion of Ukraine, but Unilever has continued to run four factories and sell Magnum and Cornetto ice creams to Russians.

The company often makes a lot of its woke “purpose” credentials — saying on its website that it “wants to act on the social and environmental issues facing the world” and how it wants to enhance people’s lives with its products.

But it still employs 3,500 in Russia and its profits there have increased on the back of a stronger rouble and higher prices, which are estimated to have contributed up to £42million in taxes to the Kremlin government.

Oleksandr Novikov, the head of Ukraine’s National Agency for the Prevention of Corruption, said: “Unilever cannot say it is opposed to the war while at the same time contributing to Putin’s war machine.

“We have added it as an International Sponsor of War because its hundreds of millions in tax contributions to the Russian state are helping to fund its attacks on Ukraine.

“Unilever has a new CEO, it needs a new start and to live up to its values on human rights.”

A Ukrainian fighter called Artem, 44, who lost his legs in the Kherson region and appears on the billboard, slammed Unilever for contributing to Russia’s war chest.

He said: “Every rouble translates into bullets that harm Ukrainians and missiles targeting cities across Ukraine . . . Stop it.”

A Unilever spokesman stuck to previous lines that it condemns the war.

The firm said abandoning its business and brands in Russia would risk them being operated by the state — and may put employees’ jobs and safety in jeopardy.


Childs Farm is on track to treble sales to £40million over the next five years

A BABY bubble bath brand started by a mum to soothe her daughter’s eczema is on track to treble sales to £40million over the next five years.

Childs Farm was launched by Joanna Jensen in 2011 and is now sold by Boots and other major stores. It was bought for £36.8million last year by Imperial Leather maker PZ Cussons.

Ms Jensen, who kept an eight per cent stake, and PZ Cussons are now ramping up an international expansion.

Paul Yocum at PZ Cussons told HOAR the firm has grown revenues by 13 per cent in the past year.


BRITS should prepare for another surge in energy bills if there is a cold winter, the head of the International Energy Agency warned.

Regulator Ofgem recently said bills should fall below £2,000 from October, but the IEA is concerned there could be another spike in gas prices if China ramps up consumption again. A cold winter would also require more heating, which would suck up supplies.

Fatih Birol, president of the IEA, which works with 31 governments to provide analysis and develop policies on the energy industry, said: “In a scenario where the Chinese economy is very strong, buys a lot of energy from the markets, and we have a harsh winter, we may see strong upward pressure under natural gas prices.”

The Chinese economy continues to struggle due to its strict three-year long zero- Covid regime. Recent economic data shows its factory output is still shrinking.