BERLIN, JULY 22, 2021 // Zalando is helping regions in need following heavy flooding in Western and Central Europe. As a company, we are committed to supporting the communities we operate in. By talking to our employees and partners in these regions, as well as experts, we have been evaluating the situation to understand how Zalando can help best.
From these conversations we have learned that a monetary donation is the most helpful at this point. That's why as a first response, Zalando donated a total of 100,000 euros to our long-term partner Red Cross. These funds will go towards flood fighting activities, care and support for victims and emergency personnel, and also towards vital infrastructure which has been directly impacted by this disaster. Elsewhere, we are sending packaging to help with the transport of aid and equipment supplies. Zalando teams are also looking into how we can best work with affected employees, retail partners and customers in all these regions to support them during this time.
Astrid Arndt, Chief People Officer at Zalando: 'We are deeply saddened by the news from the flooded areas and our thoughts are with all those affected. In particularly impacted states such as North Rhine-Westphalia and Bavaria, Zalando has been present since 2012, and we feel part of the local community as around 3,000 of our employees live and work close to Moenchengladbach, Cologne, Dortmund, Dusseldorf and Ansbach. So whether it be as an employer or in relation to our customers, partners and the communities in all affected areas, we are strongly committed to do our part to support the ongoing relief efforts.'
We will continue to monitor the situation, gather information, and look to help where we can in the coming days and weeks.
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*) as of June 2, 2021