This page will be updated on an ongoing basis to provide our stakeholders with the latest information related to COVID-19 and its impact on our U.S. operations.
Covestro is continuing to closely monitor the dynamic COVID-19 situation, working in conjunction with our global, regional and local HSEQ departments. We are focused first and foremost on ensuring the health and safety of our employees, customers and communities.
In accordance with Department of Homeland Security (DHS) guidelines, Covestro is considered essential critical infrastructure and, as such, all of our U.S. sites remain operational at this time. With a large portion of our employees working from home, our on-site operations are open to those employees whose roles are essential to ongoing operations.
We are taking the situation seriously and have implemented a number of precautionary measures at our facilities to encourage safe hygiene and social distancing, adhering to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To further mitigate the risk of exposure, we have taken swift action throughout our business, cancelling or postponing planned events, banning all air travel and leveraging virtual technologies to accommodate work-from-home scenarios. We are closely monitoring the situation and will continue to adjust our business procedures and policies accordingly, with safety being the top priority.
Currently, all of our U.S. production facilities remain operational. In line with market demand, we are planning production adjustments in the short term in an effort to avoid excess inventory. We are leveraging our network across the globe to mitigate supply chain interruptions, and we have not seen a significant impact on our logistics. We are actively working to ensure the continuity of our business in order to minimize any potential disruptions to our customers around the world.
As a global company, we’re supporting the relief efforts around the world through both monetary and in-kind donations. From protective eyewear and 3D-printed surgical mask straps to pillows and thermometers, Covestro has donated a variety of critical items to support healthcare workers in affected countries.
Below are just some of the ways we are contributing to response and recovery efforts here in the U.S.:
- We donated hand sanitizer and N95 masks to local responders and public service organizations.
- As food banks across the nation face unprecedented demand, we are providing assistance to food programs in our local communities with a $67,500 donation.
- Inspired by our employees and their passion for giving back, we organized an employee giving campaign across all of our U.S. sites to amplify local giving through United Way. Covestro employees have personally donated more than $16,000.
- Covestro employees host the #StayAtHomeSTEM video series providing educational experiments for parents to do with their children while schools are closed.
- We continue to collaborate with other organizations, donating materials and technical expertise in support of research and development to manufacture critical items, such as ventilator components and masks.