Allendorf (Eder), Germany — Viessmann announced that since Feb. 25, it has stopped conducting business with Russia and will donate 1,000,000 euros to support Ukraine.
In a press release, Viessmann stated, “We view Putin’s attacks against Ukraine as an assault against our human world and values. We prefer to live in a world based on values enhancing people’s well-being, free-thinking, speech and democratic decision-making that provides the indispensable basis to live up to our purpose of co-creating living spaces for generations to come. We, therefore, in any case, live up to our social responsibility towards those that share our opinion and are committed to our values and the long-term viability of our 105-year old family business.”
Viessmann also stated that through its foundation, it is donating 1,000,000 euros to support the Ukrainian people in three areas: humanitarian charities, local support through transportation, food and medicine, and long-term support through integration and training for all refugees. The donation also includes a 1:1 match your donation program for global Viessmann family members.
The company has been working with a local leadership team to make early preparations for evacuation to safe and welcoming communities in neighbouring countries and throughout Europe. In addition, the company has ensured that all employees receive financial assistance and colleagues in neighbouring countries have already made preparations to receive and house Ukrainian family members.
While Viessmann has stopped all deliveries to and from Russia, the company stated, “We live up to our social responsibility for our Russian family members – especially to avoid any personal and legal consequences – by ensuring that we are able to pay their salaries and wages. As one large Viessmann family, we will take care of our employees and people in need in the crisis region.”