Jabil pulls out of Russia, boosts support in Ukraine

Jabil pulls out of Russia, boosts support in Ukraine

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By Nick Flaherty

Global contract manufacturer Jabil has pulled out of Russia, ceasing operations at its site in Tver, Russia. It has notified the approximately 90 employees there and is working with customers to minimize the impact on their business

In contrast the company has over 3,000 employees in Ukraine with support from sites in neighbouring European countries.

The Transcarpathian region, where the manufacturing operations in Uzhgorod are based, saw the influx of many fleeing the war. The manufacturing sites in Uzhgorod, Kwidzyn (Poland) and Tiszaújváros (Hungary) are aiding Ukrainian employees and families with relocation, border transportation, temporary housing, financial assistance, food and mental health support. Jabil employees have assisted with over 45 border crossings and 30 Kwidzyn employees have opened their homes to those fleeing the war.

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“I signed up on the accommodation list, hoping to open my home to those fleeing the unimaginable. I welcomed one person into my home… it’s the least I can do to stand up for the values that are important to me,” said Roman Biedrzycki. “I’m focused on helping them with the legal aspects of their stay and once a week we go for a run or visit places as a brief escape from the realities of war.”

The company has established an internal Ukraine Relief Fund to assist employees in need with Jabil matching 100 percent of all money raised. At the end of the humanitarian relief campaign, Jabil employees had donated $200,000, which equated to $400,000 raised after Jabil’s match. Customers, suppliers, friends and family donated an additional $80,000 and have helped with the donation of goods, free shipping and logistics support.

As the war has continued, Jabil sites across Europe began collecting physical donations from our employees of first aid kits, non-prescription medicines, thermal clothes, bedding and non-perishable foods. Jabil employees are volunteering their personal time to sort and pack donations for shipment into Ukraine and over 409 pallets or 94 tons of critically needed items have been delivered.

“Together with the great amount of donations arriving from the other Jabil European sites, we can support those in need and in critical situations in Ukraine. We’re trying our best to ease their hardship,” said Sandor Rozskov, senior operations project manager at Jabil Tiszaújváros. “We stand united with our parents and friends still in Ukraine.”

Apprentices at Jabil in Switzerland have made pepper mills and sold them to employees to raise money for supplies while in Kwidzyn, our employees held cake sales with all monies raised going to fund supplies for Ukraine. In Waterford, Ireland, the site opened the donation process to its local community with the fire service, schools, colleges and other companies donating critically needed items with 25,000 individual items shipped.

“We really appreciate your help and support, because it gives the feeling that we are not alone, and we have friends in all corners of the planet. This is very important at the moment,” said Ukrainian Software Engineer Viktor Taiemnytskyi. “These events were very shocking and unexpected for all of us. It is nice to know that although darkness is directed at us on the one hand, light is shining on us on the other.”

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