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Accenture Exits Russia, Expresses Solidarity With Ukraine

Joseph F. Kovar

Responding to the ‘unlawful and horrific attack on the people of Ukraine,’ Accenture says it is discontinuing its business in Russia and supporting both its Russian personnel and the people of Ukraine.

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Global solution provider Accenture Thursday said it plans to discontinue its business in Russia in response to that country’s attack on neighboring country Ukraine.

Accenture, in a statement posted online, addressed the Russian attack in strong terms, and said its move will impact 2,300 employees in the country.

“Accenture stands with the people of Ukraine and the governments, companies and individuals around the world calling for the immediate end to the unlawful and horrific attack on the people of Ukraine and their freedom. Therefore, Accenture is discontinuing our business in Russia,” the company said.

[Related: Russia Invasion Of Ukraine Poses Grave Threat To MSPs: Lt. General Russel Honore]

Accenture also said it will provide support to its Russian employees.

Accenture is also planning a series of wide-ranging support for its Ukraine employees despite not having an office in that country.

“While Accenture does not have a business in Ukraine, we will continue our efforts to help our Ukrainian colleagues working around the globe at Accenture and their extended families; we are providing telehealth for those in Ukraine, and helping resettle family members who leave Ukraine. We are donating $5 million to nonprofit relief organizations working to help people in Ukraine and those who are being displaced into Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Hungary and the Czech Republic. We are also matching 100% of the donations from our people,” the company said.

When asked by CRN for more information, Accenture declined to provide any comments other than to refer to the company’s press release.

Accenture has three offices in Russia located in Moscow, Rostov, and Tver providing clients with help on AI, blockchain, cloud, pandemic, future systems, security, future competition, and its Industry X digital transformation initiatives.

The Russian operation, headed by CEO Vartan Dilanyan, has departments focused on natural resources; financial organizations; consumer goods, retail trade, pharmaceutical industry, and transport; strategy and consulting; technology; and digital interactive solutions. The Russian office also includes Accenture’s business in neighboring Kazakhstan.

Joseph F. Kovar

Joseph F. Kovar is a senior editor and reporter for the storage and the non-tech-focused channel beats for CRN. He keeps readers abreast of the latest issues related to such areas as data life-cycle, business continuity and disaster recovery, and data centers, along with related services and software, while highlighting some of the key trends that impact the IT channel overall. He can be reached at jkovar@thechannelcompany.com.

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