Aegon strongly condemns the aggression against the sovereign country of Ukraine, and we add our voice to international demands for an immediate cessation of violence.
"The unjustifiable violence unleashed on Ukraine and its people has shocked and saddened us as individuals and as a company. Our hearts go out to them and everyone who wants to live in peace and freedom," said Aegon CEO Lard Friese.
Aegon is committed to being a force for good. We recognize this is not a war instigated by the Russian people and we firmly condemn the aggression ordered by the Russian government. The world thrives and prospers when people of all nationalities and opinions come together in mutual respect to collaborate for positive outcomes that benefit everyone.
For some of our businesses, like our operations in Hungary, Poland, Romania, and Turkey, the situation feels particularly close. Across our company we have several Ukrainian and Russian colleagues who work together, and they all need our support. They are naturally very concerned for their family members and friends.
"On behalf of the Management Board, I want to express our support to everyone affected at this difficult time. To contribute to the immediate need for practical help we will make a company-wide donation of EUR 1 million to the Red Cross to support the humanitarian effort for Ukraine and its citizens," Lard Friese said.