Tim Cook sent an email to employees this morning about 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 match donations they make to certain humanitarian aid funds two-to-one, retroactively for donations made since February 25.
A copy of this email was obtained from: The edgeand you can read it in full below (with the exception of an internal Apple email being redacted):
I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.
I know I speak for everyone at Apple by expressing our concern for all those 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 donates to humanitarian aid and provides assistance to the unfolding refugee crisis. We’re also working with partners to see what else we can do. I know many of you would also like to find ways to support, and we want to help increase the impact of your donations. Starting today, Apple will double your donations at a 2:1 ratio for eligible organizations, and we will do this retroactively for donations to those organizations as of February 25. Visit the Employee Giving Portal for more information.
We are working to support our teams in Ukraine and across the region. In Ukraine, we have been in contact with all employees and have helped them and their families in every way possible. For our Ukrainian team members who are located outside the country and who may need support, please contact: [email redacted]† And for any employee who needs support, visit the People site for available resources.
As a company, we also take additional actions. We have stopped all product sales in Russia. Last week we stopped all exports to our sales channel in the country. Apple Pay and other services are limited. RT News and Sputnik News can no longer be downloaded from the App Store outside of Russia. And we’ve disabled both traffic and live incidents in Apple Maps in Ukraine as a safety and precaution for Ukrainian citizens.
We will continue to evaluate the situation and communicate with the relevant governments on the actions 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 we all share. In these trying times, I take comfort in the knowledge that we are united in our commitment to each other, to our users, and to being a good force in the world.
As Cook emphasized in his email (and as Apple has stated in public statements), Apple has taken several actions in the region. On Tuesday, it announced that it would stop selling its products in Russia. It is also limited to sharing Apple Maps data in Ukraine and using Apple Pay in Russia.
Cook also mentions that Apple has been in touch with “every employee” in Ukraine and is working to help them and their families. Internally, some employees have discussed getting their families out of Ukraine.