Tim Cook sent an email to employees this morning regarding the Russian invasion of Ukraine and explaining the actions Apple has taken in response to the events of the past two weeks. The email also tells employees that Apple will double the donations they make to certain humanitarian relief funds, and will do so retroactively for donations made since February 25.
A copy of this email was obtained by The edgeand you can read it in its entirety below (except for an Apple internal email address being removed):
I wanted to take a moment to talk about the current crisis in Ukraine.
I know I speak for everyone at Apple in expressing our concern for everyone affected by the violence. With each new image of families fleeing their homes and brave citizens fighting for their lives, we see how important it is for people around the world to come together to advance the cause of peace.
Apple is donating to humanitarian relief efforts and providing aid for the ongoing refugee crisis. We are also working with partners to assess what more we can do. I know many of you are eager to find ways to support as well, and we want to help amplify the impact of your giving. Starting today, Apple will match your donations at a 2:1 rate for eligible organizations, and we’ll make this retroactive for donations to those organizations since February 25. Please visit the Employee Giving Portal to learn more.
We are working to support our teams in Ukraine and across the region. In Ukraine, we have been in touch with every employee, helping them and their families in every way possible. For members of our Ukrainian team located outside the country who may require assistance, please contact [email redacted]. And for any employee who needs help, please visit the People site for available resources.
As a company, we are also taking additional measures. We have suspended all product sales in Russia. Last week, we stopped all exports to our in-country sales channel. Apple Pay and other services have been restricted. RT News and Sputnik News are no longer available for download from the App Store outside of Russia. And we have disabled both traffic and live incidents in Apple Maps in Ukraine as a safety and precautionary measure for Ukrainian citizens.
We will continue to assess the situation and are in communication with the governments concerned on the measures we are taking.
This moment calls for unity, it calls for courage, and it reminds us that we must never lose sight of the humanity that we all share. In these trying times, I take comfort in knowing that we are united in our commitment to each other, to our users, and to being a force for good in the world.
As Cook points out in his email (and as Apple has mentioned in public statements), Apple has taken various actions in the region. On Tuesday, he announced that he was stopping the sale of his products in Russia. Apple Maps data sharing in Ukraine and Apple Pay usage in Russia are also restricted.
Cook also mentions that Apple has been in contact with “all employees” based in Ukraine and is working to help them and their families. Internally, some employees have discussed moving their families out of Ukraine.