Since the fund was created in March 2020, Givaudan has donated over CHF 1 million to help close to 100,000 people in 137 communities around the world. In 2021, with the continued rise in cases of COVID-19 and the worsening situation in countries such as India and Brazil, an additional CHF 500,000 will be distributed to those most impacted by the ongoing pandemic.
Gilles Andrier, Chief Executive Officer, Givaudan said: “As we continue to weather this global health crisis in 2021, Givaudan remains committed to supporting our communities. Some of the countries where we operate are currently among the most severely affected by COVID-19, so it’s only natural that we continue to mobilise resources to help our employees and their communities.”
The funds will be made available immediately to provide access to medical care and basic supplies in the hardest-hit countries. Examples include the purchase of ambulances, ventilators and oxygen concentrators as well as the distribution of personal protective equipment (PPE) and basic food supplies. Where the impact is critical, direct donations are being made to enable local organisations to provide food and shelter for surrounding communities.
The COVID-19 Communities Fund is part of Givaudan’s ongoing pandemic response which continues to prioritise the health and wellbeing of employees and communities while closely collaborating with customers to deliver essential food and beverage, soaps and cleaning products.