Apples CEO Tim Cook An email was addressed to the staff Russia-Ukraine war. In the email, Cook details the steps Apple has taken in response to the events of the past two weeks. He said Apple was matching employee payments at a 2: 1 rate since February 25. According to Apple CEO, the Cupertino-based company has stopped selling products in Russia and has also removed RT News and Sputnik News from the App Store.
Here is a complete copy of Cook’s email to Apple employees
I wanted to take a moment to address the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.
I know I speak on behalf of everyone at Apple to express our concern for all those affected by the violence. With every family fleeing their homes and brave citizens fighting for their lives, we see how important it is for people around the world to come together to advance the cause of peace.
Apple is funding humanitarian relief efforts and providing assistance to the refugee crisis. We are working with partners to evaluate what else we can do. I know many of you are interested in finding ways to support, and we want to help you make the most of your donations. Starting today, Apple will match your grant to eligible organizations at a rate of 2: 1, and we will make it refundable for donations to those organizations starting February 25th. To find out more, please visit the Employee Giving Portal.
We are working to support our team across Ukraine and the region. In Ukraine, we have contacted every employee, helping them and their families in any way we can. For members of our Ukrainian team located outside the country who may need support, please get in touch [email redacted]. And for any employee who needs any assistance, please visit the People site for available resources.
As a company, we are taking additional steps as well. We have stopped selling all products in Russia. Last week, we stopped all exports to our sales channel in the country. Apple Pay and other services are restricted. RT News and Sputnik News are no longer available for download from the App Store outside of Russia. And we have disabled both traffic and live events on Apple Maps of Ukraine as a safety and precautionary measure for citizens of Ukraine.
We will continue to assess the situation and liaise with the relevant government on the steps we are taking.
This moment calls for unity, it calls for courage, and it reminds us that we must never lose the humanity that we all share. In these difficult times, I am comforted to know that we are united in our commitment to each other, to our users, and to the world as a force for good.