Ivy tech’s statement on Ukraine

We are extremely saddened with the current events unfolding in Ukraine. Ivy tech stands in full support of all Ukrainian people amidst the Russian invasion which started on 24th February 2022. Russia’s unjustified evil behavior and military actions are becoming increasingly more aggressive and the risk of it threatening Europe beyond Ukraine is becoming real. As the CEO of ivy tech – a thriving tech sourcing business with a team based in Ukraine, I am extremely concerned for the wellbeing of my team and their families. As a company we are appalled by what is happening and are doing everything in our power to support our team and the Ukrainian people.

Ivy tech’s registered businesses may be located in the UK and Australia, but our tech hub, the heart of our business, is in Ukraine. Ukraine has become a second home to me and my family. I am privileged to have met the majority of our 46 strong team members in person and a lot of their families too. Our team members are spread across Ukraine in Kharkiv, Kyiv, Lviv, Rivne, Ivano Frankovski and other smaller regions, many of them have young families and extended families that they care for and provide for.

Just before the war began a number of our team members relocated to other countries. After the invasion, a few more female team members have been able to cross the border safely but our men cannot leave the country by law at this moment – we honor their bravery and stand with them every step of the way.

Along with a global support network we are working 24 hours a day to get our team members and their families to safety, we are checking in at least daily to support them morally and trying as best as we can to support them practically and logistically. We are thankful that to date we have maintained contact with every team member and know exactly where each person is, what they need and we are working on finding solutions to whatever they need.

We are also proactively looking ahead from a business strategy point of view, putting support mechanisms in place to ensure continued support and employment for our staff, and also will be doing all that we can to help Ukrainian tech talent rebuild their industry – knowing that they will endure this and come back stronger than before.

We together with our clients will also be looking at options and possibilities to relocate people long term by way of sponsorship visas, however we do recognise the logistical challenges this may entail at present and will continue to review this option based on the developments over the coming weeks.

Our company value of putting people in the centre of everything we do has become more real than ever in the last week. We’ve witnessed an incredible camaraderie amongst team members in Ukraine and have seen our clients go above and beyond to support their team members plus families.

Whilst we are working tirelessly on finding solutions and first of all ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our team, I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all of our clients for their patience, outstanding support and continuous desire to help more during this challenging time. Thank you, you are saving lives!

I am personally very grateful to be of use at this time and stand by my team and the brave people of Ukraine. I am overwhelmed by the generosity and selflessness I’ve seen around the world.

Thank you for standing with Ukraine,

Carmen Lincolne
CEO of ivy tech

2 March 2022

Many people ask me how they can help:

  • Attend peaceful protests in your city, sign petitions and raise awareness on social media and in your networks
  • If you have business dealings with Ukraine, continue supporting in every possible way even if you’ve seen a drop in productivity/supply. It’s the only way to keep people paid.
  • Look for organisations or individuals sending supply parcels to Ukraine and participate
  • If you are in Europe consider opening your home to a refugee family or help them settle somewhere
  • Support the Ukrainian military to ensure they get paid and can rebuild their lives after this is over: https://savelife.in.ua/en/donate/
  • Reconsider your business dealings with Russia if you have any. Read what other companies have restricted or stopped their business dealings with Russia and why: https://abcnews.go.com/Business/wireStory/russias-war-spurs-corporate-exodus-exposes-business-risks-83223282