Being a global staffing firm, The Global Edge has seen first-hand the effects the Covid-19 pandemic has had around the world. Our hearts reach out to those who have been afflicted with the virus, been affected economically, or who have been emotionally burdened through this trying time.
As we continually strive to fight the pandemic that shook the world, we have seen the positive effects of industries joining forces as they strive to help in the best way they can, even when unconventional.
Tesla and Ford began making ventilators, Anheuser Bush and fellow distillers have raced to make hand sanitizer, and even General Motors begun making face masks. Business are doing their part to fight the Covid-19 pandemic, and oil and gas players are joining the effort.
ExxonMobil, for example, is helping to meet the demand for products like medical hand sanitizers, alcohol wipes, and disinfectant sprays by manufacturing a key ingredient, isopropyl alcohol (IPA), and providing it to the customers and areas that need it most.
It has also teamed up with a research organization to develop safer reusable personal protection equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers. Prototypes are currently being tested and reviewed by the FDS, and when approved ExxonMobil will begin production.
Shell, for its part, will also be increasing their production of isopropyl alcohol (IPA), and said it would make 2.5 million liters of the ingredient freely available to the healthcare sector in the Netherlands.
Additionally, Shell is also offering free food and drink to healthcare professionals at 145,000 retail outlets globally as well truck drivers and delivery personnel who are “vital to maintaining supplies.”
Total has also joined the cause by pledging gasoline vouchers worth $54.2 million to French hospitals for their workers’ travel to fight the virus, as well as donations to the Pasteur Institute in addition to other research facilities.
Another supermajor, BP, is also offering free gasoline to UK and Spanish emergency services vehicles as free delivery of food and convenience goods from it’s gas stations. Additionally, BP also offers free fuel in Germany, Poland, and Istanbul.
It doesn’t stop there. Chevron noted it had distributed more than $7 million to healthcare services, educational services, and food banks to support our communities, while many companies have also donated money to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund.
The Global Edge is proud to see companies that we work with and support be key players in this effort as social responsibility is one of our core values and safety for all is our priority. We hope that as we join forces, we will become a stronger community, and see the positive effects around the world.