Johnson & Johnson suspends personal-care products sales in Russia

US-based Johnson & Johnson (J&J) will stop selling its personal-care products in Russia, the company announced yesterday, due to the war in Ukraine. The move comes after the group made donations to support refugees earlier this month, in addition to suspending advertising and investment in Russia.

J&J’s Consumer Health products division includes brands such as Neutrogena, Aveeno, Dr.Ci:Labo, NeoStrata and Le Petit Marseillais, as well as personal-care, body care and over-the-counter products.

J&J has donated $5m to provide humanitarian support to refugees. The group announced yesterday that it will increase the support to $10m.

A string of beauty companies temporarily ceased operations in Russia as a result of the war in Ukraine, including Chanel, Hermès, LVMH, Estée Lauder Companies, Unilever, L’Oréal, Shiseido, Coty and Natura &Co.

Actions taken have included temporarily closing brick-and-mortar and online stores, suspending export shipments of products and ceasing advertising and investments in Russia.