Since Russia, under the orders of its President Vladimir Putin, launched an assault on Ukraine, causing an escalating conflict as Russia attempts to take control of the country, international businesses have announced their support through donations and business suspension.

In the confectionery business and events industry, there has been an outpour of aid from a huge amount of businesses such as the CEO of Mars, Grant F Reid, released a statement which read: “We are appalled by what is happening in Ukraine and are striving to provide our courageous Ukrainian Associates with the support they need. Their safety is our absolute priority and teams of Mars Associates have been working diligently to provide shelter, financial security and aid. In addition to donations of food that have been provided by Mars business units, we’re making an initial cash donation of $2 million in support of this humanitarian crisis.

“Working with Save the Children International, we’re committing $1.5 million to help provide for the basic needs of children and their families in Ukraine and seeking refuge in border countries, as well as $500 thousand to Humane Society International to give assistance to pets and pet owners. We join the world in supporting the innocent victims of this war and calling for a peaceful resolution immediately.”

Messe Düsseldorf Group has suspended its business activities in Russia until further notice. They said: “As a consequence of the disturbing events in Ukraine, the Supervisory Board of Messe Düsseldorf GmbH has decided to suspend the group’s business activities in Russia until further notice. This also includes the activities of the subsidiary Messe Düsseldorf Moscow.”

According to Wolfram N. Diener, CEO & President of Messe Düsseldorf GmbH the current events contradict the mission and values of the company, which is to create international marketplaces for free, cross-border intercultural and economic exchange.

Schenck Process also announced their support and said: We stand together with the people of Ukraine in these desperately challenging times. It is impossible not to be shocked by the tragic scenes we are all witnessing. Our thoughts are with all those affected across the region. The safety and well-being of our employees and their families is our prime focus and we will do whatever we can to support them in this hour of need amidst the devastation. In response to the ongoing situation, we will be releasing an immediate donation to the Red Cross today followed by further financial and humanitarian support.”

Dirk Van de Put, CEO of Mondelez International said: “My heart goes out to our colleagues and those with family and friends in Ukraine. The safety of our employees is our number one priority, and I have been touched by and so grateful for the outpouring of care and support by our teammates for our teammates and their families. 
“We are providing enhanced financial support directly to our colleagues in Ukraine and supporting them with safe shelter and other needs.  In addition, we are providing humanitarian aid in the region, starting with a $500,000 financial donation in addition to in-kind contributions. We are also launching a global double-match donation program for colleagues who wish to contribute personally to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies – IFRC – the world’s largest humanitarian network.”

Theegarten-Pactec released a statement that read: “The military conflict leaves us stunned and represents a deep cut in the history of Europe. Never has a common and consistent European path of reason, responsibility and freedom been so important. 
Our thoughts are with everyone involved in this terrible situation.”

NORD Holding Unternehmensbeteiligungsgesellschaft mbH and the employees foundation has donated €100,000 to aid the people in the Ukraine. In a statement they said: “The extent of the armed conflict affects us all deeply. Our sympathy is with the Ukrainians who lost loved ones and all their belongings. With our support, we want to make a contribution to providing those affected with the essentials.”

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