Tim Cook dinner despatched out an electronic mail to workers this morning addressing the Russian invasion of Ukraine and explaining the actions Apple has taken in response to the events of the past two weeks. The e-mail additionally tells workers that Apple shall be matching donations they make to sure humanitarian reduction funds two to 1, and can accomplish that retroactively for donations made since February twenty fifth.
A replica of this electronic mail was obtained by The Verge, and you may learn it under in full (except an inside Apple electronic mail tackle being redacted):
I wished to take a second to deal with the continued disaster in Ukraine.
I do know I converse for everybody at Apple in expressing our concern for all of these affected by the violence. With every new picture of households fleeing their houses and courageous residents combating for his or her lives, we see how vital it’s for folks all over the world to return collectively to advance the reason for peace.
Apple is donating to humanitarian reduction efforts and offering help for the unfolding refugee disaster. We’re additionally working with companions to evaluate what extra we will do. I do know that lots of you’re keen to seek out methods to help as properly, and we need to assist amplify the influence of your donations. Beginning at the moment, Apple will match your donations at a price of two:1 for eligible organizations, and we’ll make this retroactive for donations to these organizations since February 25. Please go to the Worker Giving Portal to study extra.
We’re working to help our groups in Ukraine and throughout the area. In Ukraine, we’ve been in touch with each worker, helping them and their households in any manner we will. For our Ukrainian group members situated outdoors of the nation that will want help, please contact [email redacted]. And for any worker who wants any help, please go to the Individuals website for out there assets.
As an organization, we’re taking extra actions as properly. Now we have paused all product gross sales in Russia. Final week, we stopped all exports into our gross sales channel within the nation. Apple Pay and different providers have been restricted. RT Information and Sputnik Information are not out there for obtain from the App Retailer outdoors Russia. And we’ve disabled each site visitors and reside incidents in Apple Maps in Ukraine as a security and precautionary measure for Ukrainian residents.
We’ll proceed to judge the scenario and are in communication with related governments on the actions we’re taking.
This second requires unity, it requires braveness, and it reminds us that we must not ever lose sight of the humanity all of us share. In these troublesome instances, I take consolation in figuring out that we’re united in our dedication to one another, to our customers, and to being a power for good on this planet.
As Cook dinner highlights in his electronic mail (and as Apple has talked about in public statements), Apple has taken quite a lot of actions within the area. On Tuesday it introduced that it’s halting the sale of its products in Russia. It’s additionally restricted Apple Maps knowledge sharing in Ukraine and Apple Pay use in Russia.
Cook dinner additionally mentions that Apple has been in touch with “each worker” primarily based in Ukraine, and is working to assist them and their households. Internally, some workers have mentioned getting their households out of Ukraine.