Members of the Battery Council International (BCI) including lead battery manufacturers, recyclers and suppliers have collectively donated more than $430,000 to groups working at the Ukrainian borders to assist those displaced by the Russia-Ukraine crisis.
As of 2 May, the organisation’s members have donated $255,000 to UNICEF’s efforts for children and families of Ukraine and children in crisis around the world, and more than $175,000 to the International Red Cross, World Central Kitchen, Jesuit Refugee Services, and other charitable organisations.
Many of BCI’s members have employees and facilities in Ukraine and the surrounding countries and have been providing support since this crisis began.
Roger Miksad, executive vice president of BCI, said: “Since the beginning of the war in late February, the number of displaced people has continued to grow.
“The most recent reported figures are staggering, nearly 8.3 million refugees are expected to leave Ukraine, and millions more are displaced inside of their home country. This is a global humanitarian emergency and our board wanted to demonstrate the battery industry’s assistance.”
BCI is the North American trade association representing lead battery manufacturing, supply, recycling and distribution companies.