Following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, we took swift action to suspend sales in Russia. Since then, Britvic employees have been using volunteering days, making donations and fundraising to help those affected.
A careers support day for Ukrainian refugees was held at our head office. Thirty volunteers provided support and assistance to 50 Ukrainian refugees seeking advice on finding work and starting a new life in the UK. Expertise on job hunting, interviews, LinkedIn and CV writing was provided while laptops were given to all, to support their future job searches.
Briege Leahy, CEO at the Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “So many people have had to leave behind their family and friends, their homes and jobs, to escape the shocking Russian attacks. They deserve all our help to be able to find work to have some normality in their lives. It was wonderful to see one of the Chamber’s patrons leading the way with this pioneering community event and I hope those who attended found it useful and will be able to find jobs.”
Warehouses in Norfolk were used free of charge to coordinate collections destined for the Ukrainian border. Products were also supplied to The White Eagle Club’s Polish operation in London as it ran convoys across Europe, and we have made a corporate donation to help support the Red Cross in its humanitarian efforts. In France, Pressade and Fruit Shoot were donated in collaboration with the NGO Solidarités International and its Trucks for Ukraine operation.