We have created this web page to answer members’ questions about the crisis in Ukraine. We are monitoring the information and guidance coming from relevant and trusted sources on this fast moving situation and its implications in the UK. We don’t want to duplicate information that is best obtained at source, so we have kept it simple and provided links back to official information.

Holding Ukraine in our thoughts, from the CEO, Linda Hausmanis, Tuesday 8 March 2022

Spring is universally regarded as a season of hope and renewal. Yet as the global pandemic that has stifled us for two years recedes and our days get lighter, the people of Ukraine face darkness and disaster. 

Members have quite rightly been asking about the Institute’s response to the crisis.

Emphatically, the Institute deplores the plight of the Ukrainian people and we unite with the international community in standing with them as they face this tragedy.  As we mark International Women’s Day, today, it seems right that we take a moment’s pause to think of the mothers, grandmothers and daughters caught up in this appalling situation while the men stay behind or indeed return to fight for their country and their freedom against tyranny and hatred.

Whilst our hearts are with the Ukrainian people, we also stand with the Russian people who are showing extreme bravery in standing against the horrific and cruel invasion of their neighbour. 

At this stage, beyond offering humanitarian support and following official advice, there would seem to be few obvious ways that the profession specifically can respond. The Institute has no formal or business connections to Ukraine at present. We are aware of a couple of members in Russia but have no other business connections at this time.

We are monitoring the information and guidance coming from relevant and trusted sources. While we don’t want to duplicate information that can easily be found elsewhere, we are preparing a simple web page for members that gathers the more relevant material together; including a list of official charities and initiatives for those wanting to support the humanitarian effort and links to guidance on an appropriate business response.

What is certain is that the Russian invasion of an independent European country has changed the outlook for the UK and the world economy, with growing uncertainty.    

As members and experts, I know that you will help us work through some of the wider implications of this crisis in the coming weeks, including operationally; and how our profession might respond.

Linda Hausmanis

Q&A

Does IWFM have any members and/or business interests in the Ukraine?

The Institute is not aware of any members in Ukraine and has no formal or business connections to the country at present.

 

Does IWFM have any members and/or business interests in Russia?

The Institute is aware of a small number of members in Russia.
It has no other business connections to the country at present, and we remain aware of official guidance.

 

How should members involved with clients aligned with Russia behave now given this crisis?

For UK based organisations, the Department for International Trade (DIT) says: Companies doing business with countries subject to sanctions must accept the risks of doing so, just as they accept other political and market risks”. DIT suggests that organisations “take legal advice if you suspect your business could be impacted”.

 

What is the UK Government’s response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine?

The UK Government’s official website says: “The UK Government and our allies condemn the Russian government’s unprovoked and premeditated war against Ukraine”. Read the full response here.

 

What about humanitarian help?

The UK Prime Minister has announced plans for a “humanitarian support pathway” for Ukrainians with no ties to the UK to come to the UK. An uncapped sponsored humanitarian visa route will allow sponsors, such as communities, private sponsors or local authorities, to bring people to the UK. They will be able to work and the sponsor would provide housing and integration support.

The UK Government has pledged to ensure that those who want to sponsor an individual or family can volunteer and be matched quickly with Ukrainians in need, working closely with the devolved administrations and local authorities across the country. Read more here.

 

I want to make a private donation

Many individuals and organisations are donating to charities and offering services to support Ukrainian citizens. Some of the key agencies are as follows:

DEC: The DEC brings together 15 leading aid charities to raise funds quickly and efficiently at times of crisis overseas. In these times of crisis, people in life-and-death situations need our help and our mission is to save, protect and rebuild lives through effective humanitarian response.  [Match funding to £20m]
Red Cross: Part of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), which unites 15 member charities who are experts in humanitarian aid and specialists in different areas of disaster response. 
UNHCR (UN Refugee Agency)
Unicef, Keeping children safe
IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare) Providing emergency aid to animals in conflict zones. 

 

Workplace and facilities management anticipated impact?

Russia’s invasion has changed the short, medium and long term outlook for both the UK and global economies. Specific areas we expect the profession to be affected on, are:

  • Energy
  • Supply chain provision; including food
  • Financial links
  • Overall confidence

Please keep an eye on the events page for any information session planned on this topic in the near future.

 

What is the wider business community doing and saying?  

CBI Director-General Tony Danker said:

“The UK business community stands side-by-side with the government and the action it is taking in opposing Russian aggression and supporting Ukraine and its people, as they face terrible circumstances.

His blog from 1 March 2022 expands: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/uk-business-community-stands-ukraines-side-tony-danker/

“I’ve been talking to firms every day now about what they think. It’s pretty clear that this is a war unlike those past where we – the UK and other NATO powers – are engaged in economic warfare rather than military. This means the costs to the UK will not be measured in defence spending but in firms’ supply chains, in trade, as well as in rising energy prices for companies and soon for individuals too. The Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary have to their credit been unambiguous – there is an economic sacrifice involved in stopping Putin.

CBI resources are assisting individuals and organisations as they seek to understand what is happening and how they can help, including weekly webinars @10am on Wednesdays, covering the crisis and what it means for business.

Further information

Humanitarian help

Many individuals and organisations are donating to charities and offering services to support Ukrainian citizens. Some of the key agencies are as follows:

DEC (Disasters Emergency Committee): The DEC brings together 15 leading aid charities to raise funds quickly and efficiently at times of crisis overseas. In these times of crisis, people in life-and-death situations need our help and our mission is to save, protect and rebuild lives through effective humanitarian response. 
Red Cross: Part of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), which unites 15 member charities who are experts in humanitarian aid and specialists in different areas of disaster response. 
UNHCR (UN Refugee Agency)
Unicef, Keeping children safe
IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare) Providing emergency aid to animals in conflict zones.  

General guidance for businesses on sanctions and people

On 24 February the UK Government announced a package of sanctions on Russia. With the situation developing fast, organisations are asked to continue to check the guidance pages listed below to understand the potential impact on their organisation and action they may need to take.

Organisations planning to trade with Russia are advised to if their product is on the export ban list which can be found in the Russian Sanctions: Guidance document here.

Consular support is available to British nationals in Ukraine and Russia:

For Ukraine 
For Russia

Organisations should also consult the links below, which refer to 2019 and the latest 2022 financial sanctions relating to Russia

UK Sanctions Relating to Russia 
Russian Sanctions: Guidance 
Financial Guidance, Russia

 

Help us support the profession and get in touch

If you have questions or want to share your experience of managing the fall out of this crisis, please do get in touch at [email protected].  Our shared learnings will then help the wider profession navigate this new crisis.