Corporate Response to the Crisis in Ukraine

ACCP Staff

(last updated 6.16.2022 06:01 pm ET)

As Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) leaders, we often find ourselves accountable for our company’s response in times of crisis. We’ve spent the last several years grappling with issues around the pandemic, racial injustices, hunger, poverty, unemployment, natural disasters, crime, and more. Yet as much as we learn from and prepare to respond when a crisis comes, there is no surefire way to prepare for war.

Many ACCP members have reached out to us to find out what other companies are doing in response to the crisis in Ukraine and what information and resources they should consider as they craft a response.

To that end, we have compiled a list of corporate reactions, resources, news, and articles of interest for those working in social impact. We will keep this list updated regularly to support our members as you work to respond to the needs of your companies, employees, and the communities you serve.

If you have information or a resource you’d like us to add, please email ACCP.

Corporate Responses:

US Chamber of Commerce Corporate Aid Tracker

Morning Consult: Tracking the Russia-Ukraine Crisis

Direct corporate responses*: Airbnb, T-Mobile, Kurt Geiger, Novo Nordisk Foundation, World Bank Group, CBRE, Alteryx

Forbes has compiled a list of corporate announcements/support for Ukraine.

Foundations, corporations providing support for Ukraine (3/13/2022)

Nestle, the world’s largest food company, has 5,000 workers in Ukraine. It is temporarily closing three factories in the region.

Shell and BP abandoned $3B in Russian investments after the Ukraine invasion.

Shipping Giant Maersk, Visa, and Mastercard Halt Key Russia Services – Here’s The Growing List of Companies Responding to Invasion – Companies mentioned include Maersk, YouTube, Mastercard, Visa, Disney, Netflix, Shell, Twitter, Airbnb, Etsy, BO, Meta, Verizon, Adidas

Exxon to Exit Russia, Leaving $4B in Assets

Netflix Suspends Service in Russia

Apple joins companies pulling back from Russia over Ukraine attack – Companies mentioned include Apple, Ford, Nike, Boeing, Disney, Warner Bros and more.

Western companies head for exit in Russia as sanctions tighten – Companies mentioned include Shell, BP, AerCap, Equinor, and TotalEnergies

IKEA Pauses Operations in Russia and Belarus

Wells Fargo is donating $1 million to aid Ukraine, Ukrainian refugees, and U.S. service members

Tesla Has Made Supercharging EVs Free for People Fleeing Ukraine

LinkedIn Corporate Statement

PwC Support of Ukraine and Actions Against Russia

Microsoft Stops Selling Products in Russia

AMD, Intel, Microsoft, Nvidia Halt Chip Sales to Russia

Boeing To ‘Strictly Adhere’ to Restrictions on Operating in Russia, Also Donating to Ukraine

Businesses are fleeing Russia. McDonald’s and Pizza Hut are sticking around.

Over 200 Companies Have Withdrawn From Russia – But Some Remain

The Ukraine Corporate Index Tracker

McDonald’s, Starbucks and Coca-Cola Suspend Business in Russia Amid Mounting Public Pressure

McDonald’s Leads Fresh Exodus of Western Consumer Brands From Russia

Helping Ukraine Is Proving Difficult for Some Ukrainians in the U.S.

LyondellBasell Statement

Dunkin’ Donuts is the Latest Consumer Favorite to Take Stand on Russia

Pfizer is Donating Russia Profits Instead of Pulling Out. Here’s Why.

AB InBev Increases its Humanitarian Relief for Ukraine and Is Forfeiting All Financial Benefits From Stake in Russian Non-Controlled Joint Venture

Nestle, General Mills joint venture suspends operations in Russia

NGOs and tech firms join forces to help Ukraine

An Open Letter on Ukraine From Daniel O’Day, Chairman & CEO of Gilead Sciences

T-Mobile Foundation Matches Employee Donations in Support of Ukrainian Refugees

FedEx Providing Over $1.5 Million to Support Ukraine Relief

Creative Business Responses to the Crisis in Ukraine

How Airbnb Reinvented Itself As the World’s Crisis-Housing Provider

76 Tons of Donated Medicines, Supplies for Ukraine Arrive in Poland Via FedEx Charter

Carlsberg follows rival Heineken in pulling out of Russia. It’s ‘the right thing to do’

Cox Foundation Gives $500,000 to Aid in Ukraine

Major Global Companies Pledge Support For Refugees Fleeing Ukraine

Life Science company ‘Bayer’ suspend non-essential activities in Russia and Belarus

The Ukraine Crisis: How are global CEOs responding?

Without Ukrainian Sunflower Oil, Iceland Foods Forced to Put Practicality Over Sustainability

Foundations, corporations providing support for Ukraine (04/03/2022)

Intel suspends all operations in Russia “effective immediately”

PepsiCo’s Head of Comms and the Former CEO of Best Buy Discuss How the War in Ukraine Is Testing Corporate Values

P&G Ukraine Relief Efforts

JPMorgan: $10 million for the Ukraine humanitarian crisis

Companies That Remain in Russia Will Struggle to Justify Their Decision to European and U.S. Audiences

Corporate Activism With Chinese Characteristics: Positive Over Punitive

For Companies That Stayed in Russia, the Risk of Reputational Blowback is Strong When and Where Awareness is High

Starbucks is leaving Russia, permanently closing 130 coffee shops

How Mastercard Is Supporting Ukrainians to Stabilize Their Lives in Poland

People Behind CSR at Cisco: How JJ Cummings Protects People in Ukraine From Cyberthreats

NeedsList to scale its crisis response software to Ukraine and beyond with $1M grant and team of Google.org Fellows

Resources and Related Articles:

List of vetted organizations to support, from ACCP partner Rocket Social Impact.

Transcript of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s address to Congress: “All American companies must leave their market immediately because it is flooded with our blood…I call on U.S. to do more, all American companies should leave Russia.” Zelensky

Russia: Sanctions and Divestments. The Case For A Nuanced Approach “We are not arguing that divestment is or is not the right course of action for companies to take. What we are arguing is that the reality is a great deal more complicated than the binary,  divest is good/ remain is bad, way in which the position of businesses in relation to Russia is typically portrayed. “

IRS Releases Guidance on Employer-Leave-Based Donations to Ukraine – The IRS released guidance (Notice 2022-28) on the treatment of employer-leave-based donations that render cash payments to assist civilians in Ukraine. Payments made by an employer before January 1, 2023, will not be treated as gross income or wages of the employees of that employer. An employer may deduct qualified leave-based donation payments under the rules of section 170 or section 162.

There is also conversation around support for Ukraine happening in ACCP’s online community, click here to read. (ACCP members only)

ACCP surveyed its members and other CSR professionals to find out what their companies are doing in response to the Ukraine crisis, specifically around business resources, corporate philanthropy, employee volunteerism, and employee giving. Here is a sampling of the responses we’ve received.

Business Resources:

  • Canceled film releases in Russia for the foreseeable future – Paramount Pictures
  • Cybersecurity reminders – BECU
  • Terminated partnership with Russian broadcaster Match and shut down WWE Network in Russia effective immediately – WWE

Corporate Philanthropy:

  • Funds donated (and matched) to Direct Relief, UNICEF, ICRC, American Red Cross, Ukraine Humanitarian Fund and more – Owens Corning, Parker Hannifin, Global Atlantic Financial Company, LyondellBasell, Takeda, Aetna, MetLife Foundation, Paramount Pictures, Genmab, Sage
  • Employee assistance fund for those in Ukraine – United Nations Federal Credit Union, LKQ Corporation

Employee Volunteerism:

  • Blood and supply drives – LyondellBasell
  • Employees in Poland, Slovakia, and other bordering countries are providing shelter and transportation to Ukraine employees and their families – Owens Corning, LKQ Corporation
  • Allowing employees to receive volunteer rewards ($) for attending local rallies and protests – Benevity
  • Ad hoc and informal volunteerism, especially in Poland – Parker Hannifin

Employee Giving:

  • Matching donations to approved organizations, enhancing current matching gifts programs – United Nations Federal Credit Union, Wintrust Financial, Parker Hannifin, LKQ Corporation, Blackbaud, Global Atlantic Financial Company, BECU, LyondellBasell, Hyland, Activision Blizzard, Takeda, Aetna, MetLife Foundation, Paramount Pictures, Genmab, Benevity, Nordson Corporation Foundation
  • Providing employees with lists of vetted organizations and giving opportunities – ConAgra Brands, Blackbaud, AT&T, Shaw Industries, Sage

Other Responses:

  • Providing resources for regional contractors who work with our team, including relocation and basic needs. – Paramount Pictures
  • Supporting employees including providing mental health services – BECU
  • Allowing teams/departments/offices to use their “culture budget” funds (for team outings, etc.) to donate. – Hyland
  • Setting up text-to-give campaigns for NGOs – AT&T

*This is not an exhaustive list; if you are aware of other direct corporate responses we should add, please email ACCP.

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