GM announced it had donated $250,000 to the International Rescue Committee, a New York-based non-profit focused on global humanitarian aid and relief, in light of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.
The money will, in part, be used by the International Rescue Committee to help relocate and look after displaced Ukrainian people. GM spokesman George Svigos confirmed the automaker would also match employee donations up to $50,000 to select non-profit agencies working to address the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.
“These steps are being taken to respond to immediate needs,” Svigos said in a statement released Friday, as quoted by The Detroit News. “We will continue to monitor and assess moving forward.”
GM announced earlier this week that it would be suspending all vehicle exports to Russia until further notice amid the Russia-Ukraine conflict. The automaker has a tiny footprint in Russia, selling just 3,000 Cadillac and Chevy models annually in the country across 16 dealer locations. GM sells over 6 million units globally each year. It no longer operates production facilities in the country, either.
“We are working in real time through the implications for our operations of the sanctions announced this week,” GM said in a prepared statement Wednesday. “We continue to monitor developments and take action to implement mitigation strategies as appropriate.”
“Our thoughts are with the people of Ukraine at this time,” the automaker also said this week. “The loss of life is a tragedy and our overriding concern is for the safety of people in the region.”
GM’s crosstown rivals Stellantis also pledged $1.1 million in aid this week for Ukrainian refugees and civilians that were displaced amid the Russian invasion.
“The Stellantis community, made of 170 nationalities, looks with dismay as civilians flee the country,” Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares said. “Even if the scale of causalities is not yet apparent, the human toll will be unbearable.”