With the war in Ukraine raging and the death toll rising, Mango is taking action to help alleviate the suffering of its colleagues in the country and has suspended its operations in Russia.
The global Spanish fashion brand said on Thursday that it was providing financial support to employees remaining in Ukraine, and providing legal and financial support to employees and their relatives who had left Ukraine, as well as providing close supervision of the situation.
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Mango closed its 14 stores in Ukraine on February 24 at the start of the war.
Mango also provides support and assistance to Ukrainian and Russian employees from its headquarters in Barcelona.
In Russia, where Mango has 800 employees, the company temporarily closed its 55 own stores and its online platform, and stopped deliveries to the country.
There are also 65 Mango franchise stores in Russia, which the company says will be able to continue to operate and distribute Mango products, subject to stock availability.
Mango has donated 100,000 euros to the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, which has already provided assistance to people affected by nearly eight years of conflict in Ukraine’s Donbass region, the city said. company in a statement Thursday.
“The funds will be allocated to promote urgent actions to provide services, assist the population and reduce the humanitarian impact of this crisis. The Spanish Red Cross supports the Movement’s actions in the region and also offers assistance to people of Ukrainian origin in vulnerable situations in Spain,” said Mango.
Mango also donates clothes and works with organizations to distribute them to refugees.
“At Mango, we all feel very close to everyone who is suffering in this moment of uncertainty,” the company said in its statement. “That is why, with sadness and concern, we are following the evolution of the geopolitical situation minute by minute, focusing our efforts on taking care of our teams and our customers.
“From this moment, Mango makes itself available to its employees in the country, as well as franchisees and other partners, in order to meet their needs.”
Mango is present in more than 110 countries and generated more than 1.84 billion euros in 2020, of which the online channel represented 42%.
Nearly one million of Ukraine’s 44 million people have fled the country so far.
On Wednesday, the United Nations Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine said it had recorded 752 civilian casualties in Ukraine since the start of the Russian invasion, while Ukrainian officials said more than 2,000 civilians had died. since the start of the war.
In addition to Mango, many fashion and retail brands have taken action in response to the war in Ukraine, either by temporarily ceasing operations, providing financial assistance or donating clothing.
Among them, H&M temporarily closed its 170 stores in Russia and its nine stores in Ukraine; Nike announced that its online and in-app purchases are unavailable in Russia, due to the inability to guarantee deliveries to customers in the country, and Apple has halted sales in Russia, as previously reported by WWD.
Puma has halted deliveries to its stores in Russia and is offering housing options in western Ukraine and Poland, as well as financial support.
In his first State of the Union address on Tuesday, US President Joe Biden announced the US Justice Department’s plans for a new task force that will tackle the assets of Russian oligarchs, and that the US United will take further steps to deal with Russia’s aggression in Ukraine.