Coronavirus (COVID-19): How businesses are responding
We continue to find ourselves in extraordinary circumstances as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and while much of the news is relentlessly bleak and scary, one ray of light has been the incredible response from communities, individuals and businesses across the world. Here are some examples of how the Business Avengers, and other businesses, are responding to COVID-19.
LinkedIn has opened up 16 of its learning courses for free. These courses provide tips on how to stay productive, build relationships when you’re not face-to-face, use virtual meeting tools and balance family and work dynamics in a healthy way.
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Harbour Freight have donated their entire supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) to medical professionals caring for COVID-19 patients. They have provided each hospital in more than 1,000 communities where their stores are located, with one or two pallets of protective gloves, N-95 masks and face shields.
Arm has joined forces with the UN Development Program and Hackster.io to launch The COVID-19 Detect & Protect Challenge – partnering with the biggest tech players in the industry to rally 1 million+ developers to create new low-cost and easily transferrable tools to detect virus carriers, and help slow disease transmission in low-resource settings.
Unilever are donating €100m of soap, sanitiser, bleach & food to emergency efforts; supporting their vulnerable suppliers/customers with €500m of cash flow relief and protecting their workforce from sudden drops in pay.
Johnson & Johnson
Johnson & Johnson have announced a $50 million donation to support frontline healthcare workers fighting coronavirus. The funds will be invested to support doctors, nurses, midwives and community health workers treating patients worldwide during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Reckitt Benckiser Group plc
RB have launched the RB Fight for Access Fund to improve access to health, hygiene and nutrition for all. As part of this they have mobilised an additional £32 million to address the fight against the spread of Covid-19.
Google have announced an $800+ million commitment to support small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), health organizations and governments, and health workers on the frontline of this global pandemic.
Salesforce.org, thrive health and TRACTION on demand
The Traction Thrive Critical Care Resource Management application enables hospitals and healthcare practitioners to more accurately track and distribute critical medical staff and resources to meet the immediate needs of COVID-19 response teams. The app is currently available for free on the Salesforce AppExchange.
Procter & Gamble
Procter & Gamble (P&G) have committed to producing 45,000 litres of hand sanitizer weekly. They will be installing new production lines in five manufacturing sites around the world. Most of this supply will go to hospitals, health authorities and relief organizations.
UNICEF and Microsoft
UNICEF and Microsoft have announced the expansion of a global learning platform, called the Learning Passport, to help children and youth affected by COVID-19 continue their education at home.
Nestlé has stepped up its humanitarian efforts in the response to COVID-19 by partnering with the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to provide urgent help to emergency services, caregivers, and to strengthen health systems.
The Coca-Cola Co.
Coca-Cola has has been redirecting a big part of their marketing spend for community relief programs, medical supplies and equipment during the outbreak phase, as well as developing other actions for the recovery and back-to-normal phases in markets hit hardest by the pandemic. Their total community supports is beyond $120 million.
Commvault is offering a Customer Care Program that has free software together with support and education courses at no charge through to September 1st 2020. The program includes free eLearning and self-paced courses and expert sessions and blogs.
Salesforce is providing a COVID-19 Care Response Solution that provides free access to technology for emergency response teams, care management teams, and health systems responding to the coronavirus pandemic.
Mercedes Formula One
University College London engineers worked with clinicians at UCLH and Mercedes Formula One to build a breathing aid device, which delivers oxygen to the lungs without needing a ventilator.
Hospitals around the world are coming under repeated attack during the current COVID-19 crisis. In response to this, NTT Ltd. is deploying highly skilled security consultants to offer incident response and remediation services at no cost to hospitals in North America, Europe, the UK, Ireland, South Africa, Australia and Singapore.