The COVID-19 pandemic and associated health measures introduced by governments worldwide have affected businesses and some are struggling to survive. However, there has been some positive news. Some companies are offering additional support to staff, customers and their local community at this difficult time.
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Due to the current situation, A.N.NE GmbH’s suppliers have switched their production from cosmetic gift sets towards disinfectants and face masks. They are importing these products and delivery to hospitals is being prioritised.
Ahold Delhaize, an international grocery retail group, has announced a USD 10 million relief package through its US brands. The money will go to food banks, hunger relief organisations, and other local community groups.
In Europe, Ahold Delhaize (together with its local brands), has deployed more than EUR 170 million on COVID-19 relief and support efforts.
Supermarket staff are under enormous pressure and are working hard to ensure that stores are safe and shelves remain stocked. Aldi is rewarding its store and distribution staff at Aldi UK with a 10% pay raise for their hard work during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Aldi has also set aside dedicated shopping times for emergency workers, including key workers in the National Health Service, the police and fire service.
Bergner Europe has donated thousands of much-needed masks to Zaragoza City Council for distribution to social services, police and those with urgent needs. They will continue to donate masks over the following weeks.
Bergner has made available to Zaragoza City Council products from their Product Catalogue: rest kits, bedspreads, quilts, sheets and kitchenware products for social services.
The Spanish supermarket chain has taken action to help communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. They have provided resources to public institutions: a hotel in Madrid to be used as a temporary hospital, textile production facilities for making sanitary masks, offices in Asia for the Spanish government to manage requests for sanitary material, over 500,000 masks and sheets to hospitals and convalescence centres.
On top of this they are supporting victims of domestic violence, who have been particularly affected by the stay at home orders, by donating gift cards with a total value of EUR 40,000 which can be exchanged for food and necessary products. They have also donated cards to families in need and given food to food banks.
They have opened priority check-out lines for people over 65 and are offering free deliveries to healthcare workers. El Corte Inglés has made it easier for shoppers to donate to good causes by placing charity collection cards at checkout lines.
Fashion brand Fruit of the Loom will convert production to make protective masks, a much-needed item that has been in short supply in many places.
Lidl has undertaken a range of measures to support their staff and community, including donating fresh fruit and vegetables to hospitals across Great Britain and adding food donation boxes to stores.
Ontex is a leading international personal hygiene group with 18 plants on five continents. Ontex has donated tens of thousands of personal hygiene products to people in need, including caregivers, elderly people in poverty and people having financial difficulties to purchase diapers or female care products.
We’re pleased that amfori members have been taking actions to protect their staff, support their local community and aid in efforts to mitigate the effects of the pandemic.
We are encouraging all members to ensure that they continue to act sustainably and responsibly, even during these trying times. Read our Responsible Purchasing Practices guidelines.