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マクドナルドなど外国企業がロシアで営業を停止していることはニュースになっています。マクドナルドのCEOが社員に出したメールが公表されていましたので、取り上げてみます。

書き出し部分ですが、名指しはしていませんが、condemnを使って侵攻をしっかりと非難しています。そしてOur number one priorityがour peopleであることを明言しています。その後にしっかりとウクライナの従業員の給料は払い続けますとも言っています。トヨタや日立、コマツなど日本企業のプレスリリーを読みましたが、給料保証を明記しているプレスリリースはほとんどなかったです。

March 8, 2022
This article was originally sent via email from CEO Chris Kempczinski to McDonald’s employees and franchisees.

The conflict in Ukraine and the humanitarian crisis in Europe has caused unspeakable suffering to innocent people. As a System, we join the world in condemning aggression and violence and praying for peace.

Our number one priority from the start of this crisis has been – and will remain – our people.

As Ian Borden shared last week, the Company has provided immediate financial support to our team in Ukraine. We are continuing to pay full salaries for our Ukrainian employees and have donated $5 million to our Employee Assistance Fund, and continue to support relief efforts led by the International Red Cross in the region. We have been overwhelmed by the offers of support across the System and thank you for your generous contributions to date.

ロシアの撤退については説明を丁寧にしています。ロシアでの現状を語りながら、“Do the right thing.”という哲学に背くことはできないので、営業を一時停止するのだと、ただし、従業員の給料は払い続けるとロシア市民にしわ寄せがいかないようにしています。

In Russia, we employ 62,000 people who have poured their heart and soul into our McDonald’s brand to serve their communities. We work with hundreds of local, Russian suppliers and partners who produce
the food for our menu and support our brand. And we serve millions of Russian customers each day who count on McDonald’s. In the thirty-plus years that McDonald’s has operated in Russia, we’ve become an essential part of the 850 communities in which we operate.

At the same time, our values mean we cannot ignore the needless human suffering unfolding in Ukraine. Years ago, when confronted with his own difficult decision, Fred Turner explained his approach quite simply: “Do the right thing.” That philosophy is enshrined as one of our five guiding values, and there are countless examples over the years of McDonald’s Corporation living up to Fred’s simple ideal. Today, is also one of those days.

Working closely in consultation with our Chairman, Rick Hernandez, and the rest of McDonald’s Board of Directors over the last week, McDonald’s has decided to temporarily close all our restaurants in Russia and pause all operations in the market. We understand the impact this will have on our Russian colleagues and partners, which is why we are prepared to support all three legs of the stool in Ukraine and Russia. This includes salary continuation for all McDonald’s employees in Russia.

マクドナルドが突出しているわけではなく、他の企業もしっかりとロシア従業員の給料補償はすることを触れています。例えばマスターカードなど。


We don’t take this decision lightly. Mastercard has operated in Russia for more than 25 years. We have nearly 200 colleagues there who make this company so critical to many stakeholders. As we take these steps, we will continue to focus on their safety and well-being, including continuing to provide pay and benefits. When it is appropriate, and if it is permissible under the law, we will use their passion and creativity to work to restore operations.

何でそのような決断に至ったかをしっかりと説明し、その決断の代償もしっかりを払う覚悟を示しているのは立派です。もちろん、これは短期間だからかっこいいポーズを示せるのであって、いつまでもこんなことはできないでしょう。でも「状況が悪くなったので見合わせます」と言う説明だけのプレスリリースよりはずっとマシですね。
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