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IPA research reveals overwhelming support of brand action following Ukraine invasion

Eighty-eight percent of British consumers are in favour of brands taking some action in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. This is according to a new nationally representative survey of 2000 adults, commissioned by the IPA and carried out by Opinium.

In response to the following question – “Following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, in what ways do you think it is appropriate for companies and brands to respond? Please select all that you feel are appropriate” – the most popular ways that consumers want brands to respond are:

  • to stop doing business in Russia (60%)
  • to stop doing business with Russian companies (57%)
  • removing Russian products/services from their offering (52%)
  • offering free goods and services to charities working with Ukraine and refugees (43%)
  • offering refugees job opportunities/sponsorships (38%)

The research also highlights generational differences in the ways consumers wish to see brands respond, with older generations significantly more in favour of taking steps to penalise Russia than younger ones – 81% of over 55s want brands to stop doing business with Russia compared to just 33% of 18-34s.

Other key findings:

  • Thirty percent of consumers want brands to speak publicly about their position on the war. This is most popular among over 55s (36%), followed by 35-54s (29%) and 18-34s (23%).
  • Thirty-four percent of consumers want brands to lessen their dependence on fossil fuels. This is lower among 18-34s (24%) than in older generations (36% for 35-54s and 39% for over 55s).
  • Thirty-one percent of people wish to see brands to help tackle wider disinformation surrounding the conflict. This is much higher in over 55s (42%) than in other age groups (21% for 18-34s and 27% for 35-54s).
  • Twenty-two percent of consumers want to see brands display the brand solidarity logo (or Ukrainian flag) across their marketing materials. This is highest among over 55s (27%) and lowest among 18-34s (16%).
  • Fifteen percent of people want to see brands address the crisis in their advertising/advertising campaigns. This is lower among 18-34s (11%) than in 35-54s (15%) and over 55s (16%).

The full research is available from the IPA website.