Tetra Pak firmly condemns the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Our thoughts are with our colleagues, friends, partners, suppliers, consumers, customers, their families and friends, whose lives and livelihoods are threatened by this tragic and devastating war. We stand with all those impacted by the violence, and we join the many voices calling for an immediate ceasefire and for Ukraine to remain a sovereign and democratic state.
Our priority right from the start has been the safety of our employees and their families whom we try to support both practically and financially. We are also doing our outmost to support our customers in Ukraine to continue their operations to safeguard supply of food to the people. In addition, we are working with multiple humanitarian aid organisations to assist people in Ukraine and refugees in neighbouring countries.
Tetra Laval, the group which consists of Tetra Pak, Sidel and De Laval, has donated EUR 10 million towards humanitarian support for people in Ukraine and those who have been forced to move to neighbouring countries due to the war. We are working with several humanitarian organisations to support relief efforts and secure the distribution of essential supplies to those impacted. Our partner aid organisations include UNICEF, Save The Children, The Red Cross and Doctor's without borders.
This donation includes EUR 1 million to UNICEF and its partners, who are working to reach children in Ukraine and neighbouring countries. Some of their activities include
Our donation to Save the Children has so far helped them reach over 210,000 people with essentials and assistance in Ukraine and neighbouring countries. In Romania, the charity is providing tents and food at the border crossing as well as supporting a Romanian restaurant and their volunteers to cook 1,000 meals a day for children and families fleeing across the border. Donations are also going towards setting up help centers on the border, to receive families and children arriving from Ukraine and distributing essentials.
Save the Children is also helping refugees in 6 reception centers and supplies are on their way to 4 refugee camps in North Eastern Romania. The aid agency is providing cash assistance and setting up child-friendly spaces where Ukrainian children can play and recover from what they have experienced.
The remaining amount has been allocated across different aid agencies, including The Red Cross and Doctors Without Borders to provide medical help to those in Ukraine and refugees in neighbouring countries, as well as and local customers to help distribute safe food. The Ukrainian Red Cross now has nearly a dozen mobile health teams providing mental health support. These teams are also providing packaged drinks for refugees, with supplies coming from customers in Poland and Moldova, as well as supporting our customers with the production and distribution of food directly in Ukraine, including 950,000 packs of milk so far.
In Hungary, the Red Cross, supported by the Spanish Red Cross, has set up health posts at the border crossing to provide first aid, primary health care and mental health support.
Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières) has been able to use the donations to help import more than 800 tonnes of medical supplies across Ukraine. Mobile clinics run by the charity have provided more than 800 consultations for people sheltering from air strikes in subway stations, and the charity is providing training to help hospitals deal with mass casualty influxes and carry out war surgery.
The war has significantly impacted logistics and our customers’ ability to operate within Ukraine, making it difficult to make food safely available to Ukrainians. Despite the challenges, we are doing our utmost to support Ukrainian customers to continue operations by providing packaging material, spare parts and services, while ensuring the safety of our employees as the utmost priority. Packaging material delivery has been re-arranged from other converting factories outside the region, and we are constantly looking at alternative ways to continue supplying our products and services to our customers.
The safety of our employees and their families remains our priority. We are maintaining communication with them, coordinating directly between Ukrainian colleagues and our global response team, providing evacuation support in partnership with external travel security partners, if and when it is practical.
We are also providing temporary financial assistance, including for accommodation, food and/or daily expenses for employees and their families (including partners, children, and parents) who have managed to move to other European countries, as well as access to information on accommodation and schooling provided by the governments in those other European countries.
An additional Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) has also been set up to provide Tetra Pak employees and family members with counselling services, resources and information on personal and work-related issues – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Many of our employees, especially in neighbouring countries have gone above and beyond to organise donation collections for the support of local aid. Local aid has been distributed to agencies including Polish Humanitarian Action, the Polish and Hungarian Red Cross, and the Voivodeship humanitarian aid programme for Ukrainian refugees, amongst others. This aid has been used so far to provide essential food, hygiene products, medical supplies, and textiles such as blankets and sleeping bags.
Our thoughts are with the millions of people suffering as a result of the war and we earnestly hope for peace to prevail in the region.