As companies and consumers alike experience the varied impacts of a turbulent and uncertain economy, many businesses are stepping u pto support their communities in new and creative ways.
We are inspired by the responsiveness these businesses have shown in rapidly retooling and adjusting their operations under these circumstances.
Stories of Support and Resilience
In their March 25th Press Release, Bacardi announced that it would be diverting some of its supplies to aid in the production of 1.1 M liters of hand sanitizer across the globe. Eight Bacardi-owned manufacturing plants in the United States, Puerto Rico, France, Mexico, and the UK are dedicating large portions of their production to combat the spread of COVID-19.
“All our brands and partners involved in this initiative will help people most in need benefit from the supply of these hand sanitizers. Our goal is to make a very real difference in the fight against COVID-19.” – Jean-Marc Lambert, SVP Global Operations, Bacardi
To help support health professionals, teachers, government workers, and non-profit organizations, LogMeIn has offered Emergency Remote Work Kits at no cost to these impacted professions through June. These kits are complete with video-conferencing capabilities, collaboration solutions, and remote IT support, and thousands have already been implemented throughout the US.
Bill Wagner, CEO at LogMeIn, on the Emergency Kits: “The recipients have continued to be an inspiration to our team, and we’re honored to play even a small part in their efforts to help citizens, students, medical staff and the public, at large overcome the disruption caused by COVID-19.”
As hospitals & governments in the US struggle to provide healthcare professionals and essential workers the PPE they need in order to do their jobs, S&P Global Market Intelligence has extended free use of its supply chain intelligence platform. This platform allows hospitals and state/local governments to track the status and availability of life-saving equipment like ventilators, masks, and other protective equipment that the medical field desperately needs.
“During these unprecedented times, our priority remains the health and well-being of our people, customers and the communities in which we live and work. Sharing trusted insights on supply chains for critical items that healthcare professionals require can provide the transparency needed to those on the front lines of this battle.” Martina Cheung, President of S&P Global Market Intelligence.
With brick and mortar retailers instructed to shutter or limit occupancy of their stores, some businesses are diverting their supply chains to aid in the production of essential personal protective equipment (PPE). Sleep Number has committed to help produce critical N95 masks for healthcare and hospital workers in the fight against the spread of COVID-19.
“The COVID-19 pandemic is a human and economic crisis unlike anything our country and world have ever experienced,” said Shelly Ibach, President and CEO, Sleep Number. “We have witnessed how lives and businesses have radically changed in a few weeks’ time. We are focusing our collective energy and resources on keeping our team members safe, serving our customers and ensuring business continuity.”
We’re In This Together
Actions like these stand as a reminder of the sheer strength of community and its ability to withstand and persevere through crisis. We are honored to help enable mission-critical operations within each of these organizations.
In the spirit of stepping up, we would love to extend some additional resources to procurement professionals working remotely. Our Source From Home Toolkit offers actionable guidance for procurement and strategic sourcing leaders, RFx templates, fun video-conferencing backgrounds, and further opportunities to connect with the greater Procurement community.