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Ukraine conflict | Resources for businesses

Keep on top of how the conflict in Ukraine is impacting business and how we can support the unfolding humanitarian crisis with these resources.

To inform the support and guidance we continue to offer the design industry, we’d like to hear from you: What are the issues that you are beginning to see emerge and what are the areas that you foresee the industry and its people needing to navigate in the coming weeks?

We welcome any additional resources and ideas you may have so please get in touch with us to contribute information: We’ll be updating this page regularly.


Supporting humanitarian efforts

Our first thoughts are with the humanitarian crisis that is unfolding and how we as businesses and individuals can offer meaningful support.


Organisations such as the Red Cross, the Disasters Emergency Committee and Unicef are coordinating direct aid, and of course there are many other charities providing humanitarian relief.


The UK Government has published this page Ukraine: what you can do to help offering guidance on how you can help further and #StandWithUkraine

Supporting your people

Some DBA members have offered to match the donations of staff members to charities supporting those in need.


With the steady flow of distressing news and many people directly affected, bear in mind the mental health implications on your team. Read this HBR article on How to talk to your team about distressing news events


Moore Kingston Smith have put together some practical HR guidance covering ways to support your people in the UK and abroad.


Remote Ukraine is a platform where you can offer your job opportunities to Ukrainian talent.


Staying on top of reliable news

As many businesses around the world retreat from Russia, the impact of issues around supply chains, trading, business ethics and more will be felt.


The Financial Times is making its key Ukraine coverage free to read and with a steady stream of insights on how the conflict is affecting business, it’s worth subscribing to paid for content to understand more about how markets are being impacted.

Trading updates and information has up to date information on current sanctions on Russia and Yale School of Management has published a list of those companies who have withdrawn from Russia, are suspending or scaling back activity or continue to operate.


If you currently sell your services within Ukraine, Russia or Belarus and need some support around what to do next, the Department of International Trade’s Export Support Services helpline is available.

Business analysis and insight

For the latest analysis of the impact on supply chains and how the war in Ukraine is impacting specific markets, Boston Consulting Group have released this BCG Executive Perspective (prepared 10 March) giving an important first look at the challenges and implications for business leaders. This next look (prepared 24 March) gives further updates on the global financial impact. And the latest (prepared 14 April) looks at Industrial Sector Impact.


Read their Weekly Brief on the subject and sign up for further BCG updates here. As we begin to anticipate business needs across areas like supply chain resilience, higher costs, softening of demand and export trade pressures, get to grips now with the early impacts of the conflict and how you can help your clients and colleagues take practical action for the short, medium and long term.


This Fast Company article gives an important perspective on how supply chains could be affected in the short and long term.


And this informative WARC article explains why brands must build ‘resilience’ into their strategies.

Resources from other organisations

Spend some time exploring the CBI’s Ukraine Hub, containing a wealth of in-depth information on sanctions, economic impact and humanitarian support, and signposting to useful links and support.


London Design Festival are highlighting creative and social initiatives aiding the humanitarian crisis.

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