Your Money, Your Power: How Consumers Can End Western Corporate Presence in Russia

Joanna Clark Simpson

July 8, 2023, marked the 500th day of the Russia-Ukraine war. When the whole world didn’t expect Ukraine to last a week, the country and its people have been standing for 500 days and counting.
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The ongoing war has highlighted the significant role consumers have in influencing corporate decisions and creating economic pressure, both crucial factors in the pursuit of global peace and the resolution of conflicts. By choosing not to buy products from companies that continue to do business in Russia, consumers can directly impact Russia's economy. Here’s how.

Every purchase made from these companies contributes to their profits. Some of these profits are invested back into Russia, supporting its economy. If this money flow decreases because of fewer sales, it puts financial pressure on the aggressor.

Foreign investment is crucial for any country's economy, and Russia is no exception. With less income, they might reconsider its stance on the conflict, helping to end the war sooner.

At the same time, companies are increasingly aware of their social responsibilities. If consumers boycott them because of their operations in Russia, these companies risk damaging their brand image. This potential harm to their reputation may cause them to withdraw from the Russian market, leading to lessen money flow into the aggressor country.

It's clear that consumers have power in this situation. If more people stop buying from these companies, it could lead to more businesses leaving the terrorist country.

Three Key Strategies for Conscious Consumers

  • Do your research: Find out which companies are active in Russia. For example, a review website notifies users about the companies that do business in Russia on those companies’ pages.
  • Support local businesses: Opt for local purchases wherever possible. This strategy not only helps your community but also ensures your money doesn't contribute to the conflict.
  • Speak up on social media: Use the power of social media to stay informed and to spread the word. Your voice and influence can help effect change on a larger scale.

The actions of consumers matter. Choosing to avoid certain brands can support global efforts to end the war in Ukraine.

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Joanna is the Head of Marketing at, a review platform and consumer advocacy website. She analyzes customer experience and shares knowledge by providing tips to help consumers avoid issues and brands succeed with customers.

New York, NY

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