This morning during its “Strategic Plan” press conference, Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares kicked off the event by talking about the 71 company Ukrainian employees, who are stuck inside their country during the invasion by Russia.
“Before we start, let me state that at this moment, our thoughts and prayers go to our 71 Ukraine colleagues and family and friends. Personally and on behalf of Stellantis I want to share my concern about the situation our colleagues are facing. The safety of our teams is always our number one priority. We have set up a dedicated team to help them. We were in touch with the 71 colleagues yesterday night. At this moment, we can’t reach 3 of them, but we are [continuing] our support. In what is a rapidly evolving situation, we continue to monitor the health and safety of our teams. We condemn all kinds of violence and aggression. Whatever the business consequence, Stellantis will apply [with whatever] the sanctions decide. We always [will] be compliant. Global and diverse. With our 170 nationalities, we want to leverage diversity as a powerful team for long-lasting peace. We believe that fragmentation, the opposite of globalization, can lead [to] chaotic times. In this context, we have decided to set up a dedicated fund to help the refugees in the crisis. We hope the situation will come back to reason.”