Ukraine needs medical supplies and defence equipment © Beata Zawrzel/NurPhoto via Getty Images
Ukraine needs medical supplies and defence equipment © Beata Zawrzel/NurPhoto via Getty Images

How procurement can help support Ukraine

Will Green is news editor of Supply Management
4 March 2022

Procurement professionals from around the world are being invited to provide supplies and their time to help Ukraine following Russia’s invasion.

A webinar organised to rally support for the war-torn country was attended by around 100 buyers, with people offering category expertise on a range of goods and services.

A campaign, under the slogan Procure4Peace, has been set up by procurement professionals across the world with practitioners and educators in Ukraine also involved to coordinate help.

Kseniya Valieva, VP of membership at the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals in Ukraine, told the webinar: “We have united to defend our supply chains that have been disrupted by war.”

A LinkedIn page and a website have been set up by technology firm ProcureTech and analytics company Sievo to link the needs of organisations in Ukraine with the help procurement professionals outside the country can provide.

Procurement professionals globally are invited to join the groups to share their supplier contacts, process expertise and even volunteer their time.  

Sammeli Sammalkorpi, co-founder and CEO at Sievo, said: “Ten days ago we were doing procurement but today we can do that to save lives.

“The procurememt community is well positioned to help Ukraine.

“There are a lot of global procurement professionals who want to help. Procurement people in Ukraine have limited time because there is a war to be fought.”

Lance Younger, CEO at ProcureTech, said: “We are moving at speed. We have created a platform to communicate and collaborate. We need to move into physical provision of goods and services.”

Grigori Schschepanyk, a member of Razom – a Ukrainian-American non-profit human rights organisation – described how a digital platform had been set up to coordinate procurement requirements from organisations in Ukraine and suppliers from outside the country.

“There is chaos with logistics,” he said. “Using our platform and dispatchers we will be able to systematically send goods to Ukraine.”

Volodymyr Vorobey, managing director at PPV Knowledge Networks, a Ukrainian economic development agency, said: “What we expect from Procure4Peace is to know where the stock is and who can help us.”

The webinar was told Ukraine needs medical equipment, pharmaceuticals, personal care products and security equipment for fire-fighting, police and defence, including helmets and bulletproof vests.

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