City & Guilds statement on Ukraine crisis

In light of the recent escalation of the situation between Russia and Ukraine, our thoughts are with all those affected by this crisis.

11 March 2022

City & Guilds stands with the people of Ukraine, and in support of the sanctions imposed by the USA, UK, EU and other countries as the crisis continues to escalate.

As an organisation we have agreed to no longer work with customers and suppliers who are located in Russia or owned by Russian entities. We will continue to monitor the situation and assess this position in the coming days and weeks.

We have immediately stopped work with known Russian owned customers. We are currently working through our wider customer base to understand their position and take the necessary action.

We have also carried out a review of our direct suppliers and identified one known Russian supplier of software services. We have put transition plans in place to ensure we minimise disruption to our customers as we take these actions. We have communicated our stance to our entire supply chain and are working actively with them to ensure our intentions align.

We join the world in hoping that peace will prevail, and our deepest sympathies are with all those impacted by the ongoing conflict.

7 March 2022 update

Our organisation’s primary focus at this time remains on the safety and well-being of our employees, customers and their families.

The crisis continues to develop rapidly, and we would like to provide our customers, partners and other stakeholders with reassurance that we are actively reviewing and adapting our contingency and continuity plans, and adapting our services to perceived risk and the impact of applied sanctions.

City & Guilds operates with an ongoing and active cyber security posture programme. In recent weeks we have focused on the perceived heightened risk of cyber attack, and have actively reviewed technical controls and counter measures against the most likely forms of cyber attack. Our technical teams are on a state of readiness and our staff have been briefed to be extra vigilant at this time.

City & Guilds does not locate any staff in the regions  directly affected by the current crisis. However, like all organisations, our security is also connected with the security of our third party suppliers.

City & Guilds continues to actively engage our key suppliers and their networks to understand any exposure to risk and the response to the sanctions imposed by the USA, UK, EU and other countries. Of course, this is a rapidly developing situation, but City & Guilds remains confident at this time of continuing to provide normal levels of service to our customers.

We are reviewing our forward position with regard to Russian connected customers and suppliers with Russian components in their services. We are also looking into what more we can do to live out our purpose and support communities directly impacted by this crisis. We will provide further statements on our actions as the situation unfolds.

Kirstie Donnelly MBE
Chief Executive Officer, City & Guilds