Ukraine Crisis: ICC’s Business Call to Action

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Secretary General John Denton released a letter on March 1 listing a number of organizations and campaigns on the ground in Ukraine providing humanitarian relief efforts. The situation is constantly evolving but many of the international organizations with whom ICC works closely are scaling operations to support the dramatically escalating humanitarian needs. ICC also worked with UNICEF to release a joint document outlining how companies can donate to critical services for children, speak up to raise awareness and act in ways that protect employees, suppliers and their families in Ukraine.

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) 

With a priority to assist those in need, ICRC teams in Ukraine are undertaking work to repair vital infrastructure, support health facilities with medicines and equipment, and improve the living conditions of more than 66,000 people whose homes have been damaged by heavy fighting. Together with its partners in the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement – ICRC is calling for donations to raise over US$270 to save and protect lives.

  • DONATE NOW or check the ICRC website for the latest information.

The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) 

Speaking at a press briefing today at the Palais des Nations in Geneva UNHCR spokesperson Shabia Mantoo warnes that that the situation looks set to become Europe’s largest refugee crisis this century. UNHCR is mobilising resources to respond as quickly and effectively as possible, stepping up operations and capacity in Ukraine and neighbouring countries. Donations will support effort to ensure that Ukrainians forced to flee their homes are sheltered and safe.

  • DONATE NOW or check the ICRC website for the latest information

UNICEF 

With offices across Ukraine and surrounding UNICEF currently anticipates funding needs in excess of US$348 million for Ukraine, as well as the Refugee Response Plan across the wider region in order to support 7.5 million children with a wide range of services, including psychosocial support, immunization, healthcare, education, protection, water and sanitation, and emergency cash assistance.

  • DONATE NOW or check the UNICEF website for the latest information.

Crown Agents 

This non-profit international development organisation is a global leader in the humanitarian space and positioned to respond rapidly in the face of conflict. Working with its logistics partner Greenshields Cowie – skilled in delivering supplies, from new-born kits to tents, into some of the most challenging, remote and volatile regions in the world – Crown Agents is looking to ensure essential products reach the people who need them most.

 

ICC and UNICEF: What Can Business Do For Children and Their Families?

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The ongoing conflict in Ukraine poses an immediate threat to the lives and well-being of the country’s 7.5 million children and is displacing a growing number of them from their homes. Children have been killed, wounded, uprooted and severely distressed by the escalating violence all around them. Hundreds of thousands of children and their families have been internally displaced and, to-date, over one million forced to flee the country in search of safety—the majority are women and children. Amongst those fleeing, many are unaccompanied children or have been separated from their parents or family members. As this crisis evolves, many more are expected to be displaced in the coming days and months.

Companies and business leaders can use their influence, reach and channels to promote messages to rally the business community.

ICC and UNICEF released a joint document outlining how companies can donate to critical services for children, speak up to raise awareness and act in ways that protect employees, suppliers and their families in Ukraine.

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Kira Yevtukhova manages USCIB’s print and online publications, including the website, e-newsletter and quarterly magazine, and serves as the organization’s digital media strategist. Prior to this role, Kira worked for over five years within USCIB’s Policy Department, focusing on climate change, environment, nutrition, health, and chemicals related policy issues. She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and has an MBA from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.
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