Poland-based logistics company InPost responded quickly to the unfolding catastrophe on its border to offer relief and support to those Ukrainians remaining at home – and to the influx of refugees seeking sanctuary in Poland.
Since the outbreak of the war, Advent portfolio company InPost has supported a raft of humanitarian initiatives for the people of Ukraine.
- InPost partnered with another former portfolio company, Ustron, to provide emergency shelter to 1,000 Ukrainian refugees – including 160 orphan children from the Donbas region in Eastern Ukraine. The temporary relief package comprised transportation from the border to comfortable, warm accommodation, and three good meals a day. Refugees could access medical and psychological facilities, and education for their children.
- The company became a partner in the Open Hearts, Open Wardrobes campaign, organized by WoshWosh – a Polish shoe-cleaning and repair company. The initiative aims to collect clothing and footwear for those who need them most in Ukraine. InPost has provided free access codes for the largest parcel lockers that it operates, and financial support for cleaning and disinfecting the donations.
- As a logistics partner, InPost has provided vital support for Caritas Polska’s Parcel for Ukraine campaign. Polish households have been able to donate much-needed basic products – along with a letter of support – for families remaining in war-torn Ukraine. InPost has assisted with the delivery of more than 200,000 parcels to Caritas warehouses and onward to Ukraine.
- Customers can use InPost’s popular Fresh app to order support parcels for Ukrainians in need. Four different packages are available, packed with essentials such as medical dressings, toiletries, disinfectants and milk powder. The parcels, put together by partner company Melissa, are then delivered free of charge to Ukraine.
- InPost is a partner for UA SOS (uasos.org) – an online portal that automatically connects refugees from Ukraine with people and institutions offering shelter. Available via a web browser and in a mobile app, it’s an invaluable means of matching suitable accommodation with those seeking it.
Rafał Brzoska, CEO of InPost, said: “We have been helping since news of the first dramatic events reached us from Ukraine. We are supporting Polish cities in carrying out transport of collected items for our neighbours from Ukraine, and have so far managed to complete several dozen such drives.”lping since news of the first dramatic events reached us from Ukraine. We are supporting Polish cities in carrying out transport of collected items for our neighbours from Ukraine, and have so far managed to complete several dozen such drives.”
With a large cohort of Ukrainian, Russian and Belarusian employees, and many more Polish staff with strong family ties in Ukraine, InPost has taken steps to look after the mental wellbeing of its own employees via increased internal communication and the launch of a dedicated multi-language helpline. The company is also coordinating the individual efforts of employees wishing to volunteer, by gathering provisions and transporting them to wherever the need is greatest.