It assists vulnerable people affected by traumatic events regardless of their background, and is providing food, water, shelter and hygiene kits across Ukraine and at its borders, among other services.
UNICEF is working in Ukraine and in neighboring countries with its partners to meet the increasing need for health care, education, protection, safe water and a range of life-saving supplies.
International Medical Corps is supporting mobile medical, mental health and protection services response in Ukraine, and will provide other services as required. They have deployed staff to Poland, Romania and Moldova, and set up hubs to provide critical supplies, services and programs at Ukrainian borders.
Apart from what the Foundation is doing, how are Avery Dennison employees responding to the crisis?
Many employees are deeply concerned about the humanitarian impact. Our teams in EMENA have been particularly passionate.
We’re hearing about many different employee efforts, and more stories are coming in every day.
For example, employees at an RBIS manufacturing plant in Romania, in an area that has welcomed some 400 refugees so far, donated food and other supplies to women and children living in a local high school dormitory. That team is now investigating which supplies are most urgently needed so that they can supply more.
In Luxembourg, the company’s Rodange facility made a donation to local hospitals, which sent medical equipment to the Polish border. The atma.io team in Europe is providing cash and SIM cards for displaced families so they can connect with loved ones, and is planning a “matchmaking” website to connect refugees looking for housing and work. In Portugal, a team worked with our distributor and a customer to donate materials to decorate a semi-truck headed to Poland full of food, medicine, and other essential supplies donated by local firefighters.
Employees are also going to great lengths to help on their own, outside of efforts organized at work. Some are hosting refugees in their homes. One of our employees in the Netherlands told me today that his family had just welcomed a Ukrainian family—a mother and her two daughters, who’d spent 11 days on a harrowing journey through Ukraine, Poland, Germany and the Netherlands. At certain points, they had to hide. This employee’s family is helping the kids enroll in school and helping the mom find a job.