CMA Members Lend Innovative Support in the COVID-19 Crisis.
We are facing strange and difficult times around the world right now, as people try to sort their way through the Coronavirus pandemic. But in this darkness, we’ve also seen encouraging signs of light.
People are stepping up. Banding together in ways we rarely have. Many companies have put aside profits and shifted their production lines to produce face masks and hand sanitizer. Others are donating the essentials they produce – from food and water to diapers and cleaning supplies. And some are innovating in ways nobody ever expected, all in an effort to help out.
Our CMA member companies are no exception, and we’ve seen several of them cropping up in the news in recent weeks for the good they are doing. This week, we want to give recognition and gratitude to a few of our members by highlighting some of the innovative ways they have been utilizing their production plants, products and resources to help out in extraordinary ways.
Here are a few that caught our eye. You can click on the company name to follow the link and learn more about their COVID-19 support initiatives.
KIND is looking out for those on the front lines of the crisis. The company has teamed with Project N95 to launch the Frontline Impact Project, a website where healthcare and first responders can request resources to help meet their needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. KIND has also donated 5 million bars to hospitals and first responders.
AB InBev has launched a wide-reaching program to support COVID-19 relief efforts. This includes producing hand sanitizer for hospitals and frontline workers, redirecting fleets to provide essential food and medical supplies, and providing water for frontline workers and communities in need.
Huhtamaki has made several donations in cash and product. With the urgent need for protective gear for healthcare professionals, the company shifted production to begin protective face shields for these workers. Huhtamaki has pledged to donate 30 million face shields, which will no doubt have a substantial impact.
BIC also began producing over 3,000 face shields per day for healthcare workers and police in their facilities in Rendon, France in March. Since then, the production has expanded to facilities in Brazil, Greece and Tunisia for local hospitals and government agencies.
Kimberly-Clark has committed to donations of over $8 million to assist with COVID-19 response and recovery efforts around the world. Their brands have each made large commitments as part for the response, with Huggies donating 5 million diapers, and Cottonelle, Kotex and Andrex each donating over a million products to the cause.
Campbell’s Soup has also been very busy supporting COVID-19 relief efforts with both products and cash donations. By mid-March, the company had already donated well over $4 million in food and financial support. Their team has been on the front lines, providing resources to food banks and local communities in any way they can.
Colgate-Palmolive has been very busy supporting relief efforts. Earlier in April, they made headlines around the world by donating 25 million bars of soap to support the World Health Organization’s Safe Hands initiative. Along with that, the company donated another $20 million in health and hygiene products to community non-profits across the US.
ConAgra is using their reach and resources to provide food and financial support. The company has donated the equivalent of 3.4 million meals to Feeding America; and has provided more than $1.75 million in contributions to organizations that provide meals to those in need. Through localized efforts, ConAgra has also put together several food drives, recently collecting nearly 4,000 lbs. of food to support hunger relief efforts in Chicago.
General Mills is using several of their plants to manufacture food that is being donated directly to Feeding America for distribution to their 200-plus member foodbanks, pantries and meal programs. “In times like this communities come together and families help other families,” says Adam Lyche, manager at General Mills’ plant Chanhassen, MN. “By making this gift, General Mills is enabling the Chanhassen plant family to help families around the US in this critical time of need.”
Bel Brands has been spearheading the #ForAllForGood initiative, providing food and financial support to countries in need, including Canada, Lebanon, Morocco, Turkey and the USA. The company also set aside a special day, on April 16, dedicating the entire day of production to producing food for healthcare workers and those people who are most vulnerable during the crisis.
Chobani is stepping up to the plate by launching their Chobani Pantry program. Through this program, their plants in Idaho and upstate New York will each be producing an extra truckload of yogurt every day for distribution to food banks across the country.
Cargill is also helping out in a big way, committing $35 million to COVID-19 relief efforts through global and regional partnerships, product donations and employee personal giving. They have also been providing meals to communities worldwide – including a pledge of 16 million meals in India.
The Coca-Cola Company is assisting from every angle. The company has donated over 3 million beverages and counting to support community organizations, food banks and frontline responders. They’ve also donated $13.5 million in the form of grants to five non-profits providing humanitarian aid in the crisis. And finally, they’ve been providing supplies and transportation to help make protective masks for first responders.
Unilever has made perhaps the most generous gift of all, donating €100 million in soap, sanitizer, bleach and food to support communities worldwide. They are also working to help their customers and suppliers, offering €500 million of cash flow relief through early payments and by extending credit to small and medium-sized businesses that are vulnerable during the crisis.
It’s so inspiring to see the great work our members are doing. From their efforts to keep our frontline responders healthy to the many generous donations they’ve made to ensure people don’t go hungry, their contributions are being felt around the globe.
What has your company been doing to help during the COVID-19 crisis? We’d love to hear your inspiring stories! Sound off on social media now and join the conversation.