Enormous willingness to donate and diverse support across all MAN Truck & Bus sites and national companies: Since the outbreak of the war in Ukraine, employees of the commercial vehicle manufacturer have provided help for the people in need in very different ways. They collected relief supplies, organised transports, donated money and offered direct support for the refugees. Where possible, MAN provides vehicles to support aid organisations. A large number of trucks, buses and vans from the plants and sales companies are in action to transport relief supplies to the crisis region and bring refugees to safety.
“The willingness of our colleagues to help is enormous,” says Fabian Heidinger, who coordinates the relief efforts throughout the company. “And the will to support is unbroken. The fact that MAN employees are helping so energetically and imaginatively makes us proud and we are pleased when the help arrives.”
The willingness to support is particularly high at the sites and sales companies in the countries bordering on Ukraine. For example, in Poland, where MAN employees took care of the transport and accommodation of Ukrainian colleagues and their families who had fled their home country. They also brought urgently needed food and hygiene articles to the border.
For the numerous donations in kind from all countries and locations, MAN employees often work together with partner organisations. For example, the weekly aid transports from Slovakia, which MAN Austria has also joined, are brought to Ukraine and distributed via partners from the border region. Already the first transport brought 10,000 tins of food, plus medicines, sleeping bags and power generators.
The provision of vehicles is an essential aspect of the aid effort. MAN Truck & Bus France, for example, provided five trucks to the Civil Defence, which coordinates the donation activities in France, as well as semi-trailers from other MAN partner companies. This made it possible to transport many tonnes of relief supplies from France to the Polish-Ukrainian border. In Poland, MAN employees supported journalists in their work by providing them with a TGE transporter.