P&G people continue to step up and step forward in this ongoing time of need to keep each other safe, to serve consumers and to support communities around the world. Given the uncertainty globally, we still have every reason to keep focused on these three priorities, which have been guiding our actions day in and day out during this crisis.
Our first priority is always the safety of P&G people. From mask-wearing and social distancing to proper hand-washing and regular sanitization, we know basic safety protocols work. Doing these things consistently matters, and we continue to rely on our proven protocols for safety. Any decision to reduce or alter these practices has been and will be based on local transmission rates, as well as local government guidance and regulations.
Our second priority is maximizing the availability of the products we produce so we can continue to do our part to help people and their families with their increased cleaning, health and hygiene needs. I am proud of the way P&G people and our business partners have come together to maintain the production, distribution and availability of our brands despite disruptions from mobility issues, supply interruption and local mandates, among other challenges.
Our third priority is supporting our communities, and we continue to provide help to those who are still dealing with the health and economic impacts of the pandemic, including significant donations of products, cash, personal protective equipment, and COVID-19 tests to communities and families in need around the world.
Vaccines are an important step to protect people, and, with broad adoption, vaccines can help improve and eventually bring an end to the pandemic. Through contributions to COVAX, an initiative of the World Health Organization (WHO), we’re helping to ensure equitable access to vaccines in more than 90 countries throughout Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, and parts of Europe.
As we manage through this crisis, we’ll continue to focus on these three priorities that have been guiding our near-term actions. Importantly, these priorities are completely congruent with our long-term strategic choices.
We continue to step forward as a force for good and force for growth in this ongoing time of need. These priorities ensure P&G is there for the employees, consumers and communities who have always been there for us — and they matter as much now as they did a year ago.
PROTECTING P&G PEOPLE
We continue to help P&G people work confidently, with a rigorous focus on health and well-being through safety protocols and protective gear; network and collaboration tool upgrades and training to ensure productivity and flexibility when working remotely; and enhanced benefits and wellness resources to help navigate the challenges of managing work and family.
In India, a voluntary employee vaccination program in partnership with local hospitals meant we were able to help keep employees safe, while continuing to serve India’s consumers with the products they need. We also partnered with government authorities to donate vaccines for 500,000 Indian citizens, making a meaningful difference for the community.
We’re maximizing the availability of our products that help people and their families with their health, hygiene and cleaning needs.
P&G people at more than 100 global manufacturing sites are serving our consumers at a time of record demand for many of our products. Our Box Elder, Utah Family Care plant is just one of our Family Care plants that operates 24/7 to supply paper towels, tissues and toilet paper for consumers.
To help people and communities worldwide overcome the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, we expanded our existing global disaster relief operations to donate tens of millions of dollars’ worth of products, PPE, cash and in-kind support, working in partnership with more than 200 relief organizations worldwide.
We also sponsored Global Citizen’s VAX LIVE Concert, an event that inspired vaccine confidence worldwide and mobilized more than $300 million in the push for greater global access to COVID-19 vaccines. P&G’s multi-million dollar donation to the COVAX initiative was matched by GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance, to double the impact as part of efforts to provide vaccines in more than 90 countries.
These are just a few examples — visit www.pg.com/covid19 to learn more about all we’re doing in each of these areas.