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The Mining Industry is Working to Support the People of Ukraine


From supporting temporary living accommodations for refugees to donating goods and more, the mining industry is working to support the people of Ukraine in a variety of ways. Here are just a few examples of the many ways U.S. mining is offering assistance to Ukraine.
National Mining Association

The National Mining Association (NMA) is supporting Ukraine relief efforts through donations to the World Central Kitchen and Zero Camps for Ukrainian Refugees. The World Central Kitchen has served tens of millions of meals to people affected by disasters and crises around the world, and the NMA’s donation will support the World Central Kitchen’s efforts to provide food to those affected by the crisis in Ukraine. Zero Camps for Ukrainian Refugees is spearheading an effort to provide lodging space for Ukrainian refugees in Krakow by providing housing, food and beds to refugees, and the NMA’s donation will help support those ongoing needs.


Bayer donated more than 5.4 million euros to the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, including the establishment of a 3 million euros disaster relief fund and 2.4 million euros in numerous Bayer product donations, such as antibiotics, to help up to 30,000 Ukrainian patients. Employees have donated more than 1 million euros as well through the Red Cross relief campaign, which the company matched. Bayer has set up employee-led volunteering opportunities to assist with temporary living for Ukrainian refugees and other volunteer campaigns. Bayer has also donated 40,000 bags of seeds to Ukrainian farmers to grow food in Ukraine, which can support 1,250 small farmers in the 2022 growing season.

Caterpillar Foundation
The philanthropic arm of Caterpillar Inc., the Caterpillar Foundation, in March donated more than $1 million to support needs in the Ukrainian humanitarian crisis. The donation supported the American Red Cross, Project Hope and the Center for Disaster Philanthropy. In addition, the Foundation matched gifts from Caterpillar employees as well as retirees to the global Red Cross network in a two to one match. The gifts quickly surpassed the goal and remained open.

“As the fighting intensifies in Ukraine, so does the dire situation for impacted families,” said Gail McGovern, president and CEO of the American Red Cross. “We cannot thank the Caterpillar Foundation and Caterpillar employees enough for their generous contributions, enabling the global Red Cross network to provide humanitarian relief in response to the Ukraine crisis.”

“We are deeply saddened by the tragic events continuing to occur in Ukraine and hope for a peaceful resolution to the crisis," shares Caterpillar Chairman and CEO Jim Umpleby. "Through the Caterpillar Foundation's platform, we are responding to the urgent humanitarian needs in Ukraine and its neighboring countries. I am proud of the generosity of our employees to support these critical efforts."

In March, Cummins made the decision to suspend all its commercial operations in Russia indefinitely, in light of the attacks on Ukraine. It was a difficult decision but was rooted in Cummins’ deep concern for the situation in Ukraine. After finalizing the decision, Cummins moved to quickly wind down its Russian operations. Furthermore, it mobilized its employees and resources to aid those in Ukraine. This began with $250,000 in fast-tracked grants. Employees have also acted as volunteers and are working with GlobalGiving and its Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund. All donations to the fund support humanitarian assistance in Ukraine and the surrounding regions where refugees have fled. The fund has reached $37,450,000 of its goal of $40 million and only 6% short as of May.


KGHM has reached out to representatives of local authorities and associations supporting refugees from Ukraine, and together they are organizing language courses for Ukrainians, with over 300 people signed up for classes by late March. Language courses help refugees undertake work, which more and more registered refugees are seeking each day. Training and specialized training courses are also organized for those who are interested. In addition, the Help Centre for Ukrainians in Lubin has been operating upon the initiative of KGHM to provide psychological and legal support. They are also creating a database of people willing to host families from Ukraine.


In March, Newmont Corporation announced $5 million in support of humanitarian efforts relating to the crisis in Ukraine. The funds have supported the work of Project C.U.R.E., the American Red Cross and International Medical Corps and other organizations in providing relief and medical supplies to those in need. In addition to direct support, Newmont also facilitated a double match of employee contributions to the American Red Cross in their support of the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Red Crescent Society.

“Newmont has a culture rooted in its values and a deep commitment to and respect for human rights,” said Newmont President and CEO Tom Palmer. “As citizens of the world, we believe that our values compel us to provide meaningful support to the people of Ukraine who are suffering due to this tragic conflict. It is our basic duty to provide what relief we can in the face of such terrible atrocities.”


Wabtec Corporation has donated $100,000 to support Ukrainian refugee relief efforts through its Wabtec Foundation. The donation is split between the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and World Central Kitchen. The IRC works with partners in Poland and Ukraine to quickly mobilize resources, and support government and civil society efforts. The World Central Kitchen is set up at eight border crossings and provides hot meals to refugees.

“In times like this, it’s important for the world to come together to support those most impacted by this conflict,” said Rafael Santana, President and CEO for Wabtec. “By supporting the International Rescue Committee and World Central Kitchen, we hope Ukrainian civilians find comfort and relief in this time of need. Our thoughts are with the people of Ukraine, our employees in the region, and their friends and families.”