RED BULL HEADQUARTERS HIT BY UKRAINE PROTEST
Campaigners unfurl 400m2 Putin banner at company's Fuschl base
Thursday November 24th 2022 - Campaigners have invaded the global headquarters of Red Bull outside Salzburg and unfurled a huge 400m2 banner depicting Vladimir Putin riding the company's famous bull logo. The banner reads: RED BULL GIVES PUTIN WINGS.
Unlike most global brands, Red Bull has refused to cut ties with Putin's Russia and the energy drink is still on sale in supermarkets across the country.
Photo and video available to download here: link: protest was organised by the Ukraine Solidarity Project (USP) - a network of European and Ukrainian activists exposing global brands for regressive policies on Putin's Russia. Companies that continue to trade in Russia pay taxes to the Kremlin and threaten global solidarity in the face of Putin's aggression.
Red Bull is given a failing 'd' grade by the respected Yale School of Management, which ranks corporations for their Russia business policy. The drinks company says it has only suspended marketing and new investments in Russia, meaning unlike many of its competitors - such as Pepsi and Coca-Cola - it continues to sell its products there.
Earlier this week a message from 2022 Nobel Peace Prize winner Oleksandra Matviichuk was projected onto the side of the Red Bull F1 racing HQ in the UK, with the human rights defender delivering a two-minute appeal to world champion Max Verstappen.
( Red Bull global headquarters is in Fuschl near Salzburg. The famous futuristic building features domed offices and a lake. Campaigners from the USP evaded security and reached the reception building, where they pegged out the huge 20m x 20m banner.
In a statement the Ukraine Solidarity Project said:
“It really matters that Red Bull is still on sale in Russia. It's one of the world's biggest brands and its decision to stick with Putin's Russia is highly significant. Companies that sell their products there are paying taxes to the Kremlin and signaling that they're comfortable with the illegal invasion of Ukraine. They need to pull out. As things stand, Red Bull gives Putin wings.”
Red Bull emailed the USP this morning reiterating its position - that it has suspended marketing and new investments but hasn't pulled out of Putin's Russia.
For more, email the USP:
Yale School of Management analysis where Red Bull scores a 'D' -
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