Apple CEO Tim Cook sent an internal email out to employees, addressing the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Within the email, Cook stated that Apple will match donations made to humanitarian efforts two to one.
The email, obtained by The Verge, saw Cook directly address the crisis happening in Ukraine currently. “I know I speak for everyone at Apple in expressing our concern for all of those affected by the violence,” the CEO wrote. Cook went on to outline Apple’s target to donate in order to better help “humanitarian relief efforts and providing aid.” Additionally, Apple will be matching donations 2:1 for donations made to eligible organizations.
Starting today, Apple will match your donations at a rate of 2:1 for eligible organizations, and we will make this retroactive for donations to those organizations since February 25. Please visit the Employee Giving Portal to learn more.
In addition, Cook addressed the news that Apple will be pausing all product sales in Russia. “We have paused all product sales in Russia. Last week, we stopped all exports into our sales channel in the country.” Cook continued to discuss that Apple Pay support and other services are being limited in the country. RT News and Sputnik News are also no longer available for download from the App Store outside Russia. Finally, all traffic data have been paused in Ukraine in order to provide better safety measures for citizens.
“We will continue to evaluate the situation and are in communication with relevant governments on the actions we are taking,” Cook concluded.