Supporting employees in Ukraine

Ukrainian men, women, and children pose for a photo with Jay Debertin

Ukraine-based CHS employees and family members gathered in their hotel in Buzău, Romania, with Jay Debertin, John Griffith and other CHS leaders from the region.

May 11, 2022

CHS Ukraine employees and their families who evacuated to Romania were visited by CHS President and Chief Executive Officer Jay Debertin and John Griffith, who heads up CHS ag businesses and CHS Hedging.

When Russia invaded Ukraine in late February 2022, CHS took immediate action to keep Ukraine-based employees and family members safe. The company transported employees and family members to a town near Bucharest, Romania, and arranged hotel rooms, access to a child psychologist, legal assistance, dental and medical care and other services.

“While it was great to see some of our colleagues and their families in person and know that they are safe in Romania, it was heartbreaking to hear firsthand what this experience has been like for them, fleeing their homeland and temporarily saying goodbye to loved ones who stayed behind in Ukraine,” says Debertin. “The safety and well-being of our employees is our top priority, and we made sure our Ukrainian family knows the entire CHS family stands with them.”

CHS employees based in Ukraine are part of the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) team. With regional headquarters in Geneva and offices in Bulgaria, Hungary, Italy, Romania, Serbia, Spain and Ukraine, the EMEA team sources and markets grain, oilseeds and fertilizer in the Black Sea region, Mediterranean Basin and Middle East.