As we watched the war in Ukraine unfold with horror and heartache, PepsiCo leaders and colleagues acted quickly to make sure our Ukrainian associates were safe. We then swiftly explored how we could support the significant humanitarian needs of refugees flowing into neighboring countries.
Here are the actions we’ve taken to care for our people and impacted communities:
We currently have more than 3,100 associates living and working in Ukraine. Roughly half (about 1,600 families) have sheltered in their homes. Roughly 30% (about 1,000 families) are staying in Ukraine but moving west, and roughly 20% (about 500 families) have crossed the border into Poland, Romania, or the Czech Republic. Since the start of the war, our teams in each country have been working tirelessly to support their colleagues. Here are just a few examples of this heroic work:
In Ukraine, we are doing everything in our power to care for our PepsiCo families remaining in the country. With the movement from Kyiv and other parts towards Western Ukraine, we are providing accommodations and financial support for more than 300 employees and their families. We also transformed our warehouse in Lviv to serve as a safe haven and pit stop for those transitioning to more permanent housing in Western Ukraine or heading towards the Polish border. So far, around 150 people have used the facility.
In Poland, we transformed our headquarters in Warsaw into The PepsiCo Hotel, offering associates and/or their families accommodation for up to two weeks. Already, more than 150 families, or 450 people (and three dogs), have passed through the hotel, many arriving with just one bag in hand. During their stays, our colleagues and their families can eat hot meals and pick out clothes, shoes, essential toiletries and toys.
In Romania, we have taken over five motels to house 600 people, including 200 families with more than 250 children, the youngest of whom was five days old. We are providing residents with three meals a day and all necessities. We are also partnering with Cinema City to organize movie nights featuring Ukrainian films and PepsiCo products, helping to create a sense of normalcy and fun. And we are working with NGO partners to open a school for displaced children in Bucharest.
In the Czech Republic, our bottler, Mattoni, is graciously housing 70 Ukrainian PepsiCo families in their office, which they have also converted into a hotel called “Mattoni House.”
In addition to our work on behalf of our fellow associates, we are also standing with the approximately 1,200 agricultural workers we support in Ukraine. We have contracted to grow 30,000 metric tons of potatoes in the Lviv and Ternopil regions this year, with payment guaranteed even if we are unable to restart our manufacturing operations later in the year. We will also continue to honor our contracts with 25 local milk suppliers across 30 farms, ensuring they can continue to operate going forward.
This is only a small sample of our efforts. All across Europe, we are rising to this historic challenge.
The PepsiCo Foundation is focusing on three key areas of need – Refugees, Food, and Families & Children – by providing a total of $4 million to five organizations operating in and around Ukraine. Support through our partners includes the following:
The Foundation also is increasing our impact in partnership with our associates around the world:
PepsiCo has donated nearly $1.6 million worth of food, drink, and equipment (such as dairy, water, and fridges) to help support humanitarian relief efforts. With the closing of our facilities in Ukraine, this donation amount also includes finished goods and raw food such as 2,000 tons of potatoes, which will be shared with partners by the end of May and are valued at $560,000.
We are united at PepsiCo in service of our people and communities. Thank you to our colleagues and partners for all you’re doing to bring about a better tomorrow for the communities where we live, work and serve.