People all over the world, feeling helpless, have tried to find productive, thoughtful ways to support Ukraine as Russia continues to attack. From Polish mothers leaving strollers at the border for fleeing families to people all over the world booking Ukrainian stays on Airbnb as a way to send citizens money, everyone is doing their best. Some of your favorite beauty brands have also stepped up to assist Ukraine in its time of need and show Ukrainians their support through various initiatives, including shuttering operations in Russia and donating money.
One of the biggest beauty conglomerates in the world, which owns dozens of brands, has one of the most expansive initiatives to support Ukraine. The company published an in-depth explanation of its efforts. L’Oréal is supporting its 326 Ukrainian employees with financial and psychological assistance and meeting them at the border, when they’re able to cross, with accommodations, medical and legal support as well.
L’Oréal is working with local and international non-governmental organizations, including the Red Cross, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and UNICEF through donations of up to 5 million euros. The company has already distributed 250,000 hygiene products and will continue doing so. L’Oréal has also shut down operations in Russia.
Another giant company, which owns 26 beauty brands from Clinique to La Mer, has provided sustainable aid. Estée Lauder Companies continue to compensate Ukrainian employees and are taking steps to support their safety. The Estée Lauder Companies Charitable Foundation has committed $1 million in support of relief efforts in Ukraine, and the company will be donating products to those displaced. The brand has also suspended operations in Russia.
The parent company of staples like Dove and Axe is focused on ensuring Ukrainian employees’ safety, assisting with evacuation as needed and providing additional financial support. The company has committed to donating 5 million euros of essential Unilever products to the humanitarian relief effort. Unilever has halted imports and exports in Russia.
This skin-care brand is donating to help Chef José Andrés and his team deliver meals to displaced refugees in Poland and Romania.
The Tokyo-based beauty brand has donated one million euros to UNHCR and plans to match employee donations.
When you shop for luxury beauty brands at Olivela, you’re helping donate money to Ukraine. The company is donating 20-percent of proceeds to Save the Children.
Another luxury beauty retailer showing its support for Ukraine, Net-a-Porter has donated to Médecins Sans Frontières, which provides emergency response, basic aid items and medical supplies to those in need. The company has also suspended commercial activity in Russia.
The Body Shop North America donated $50,000 to UNHCR, and the Body Shop globally has donated $100,000 for emergency relief. During checkout, both online and in-store, the company will help facilitate customer donations as well. Additionally, the brand has decided to pause delivering its products to Russia.
This clean beauty brand will be donating half of its proceeds in March to UNICEF. Use the code UKRAINE at checkout to ensure your purchase goes toward the donation.
Natural beauty brand O’o Hawaii is donating $1 from every sale in March to animal rescue efforts in Ukraine made by the Humane Society International.
TULA has donated to the International Committee of the Red Cross to support their work in Ukraine.
For the month of March, Malibu Bronze is donating 10-percent of its profits to the Humane Society International.
Drugstore makeup company e.l.f. Has donated to UNICEF and has pledged to match employee donations to other organizations dedicated to relief efforts. The company’s CEO, Tarang Amin, and his wife, Hirni, also personally matched the corporate donation and will be matching employee donations as well.
The Organic Pharmacy donated skin-care and cosmetic products to refugees and families in need in Ukraine.
The London-based company has suspended sales in Russia. The company is supplying personal care items to those in need and is making a donation to DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal. They will also match donations from employees. Additionally, employees of the brand in Poland have offered shelter to Ukrainian refugees.