Many private organizations and companies have already pledged support to the national government's call for continued supply of basic goods and services for Filipinos throughout the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ).
Unilever, the global consumer goods manufacturer of brands including Dove, Knorr, Domex, and Surf, committed to this call by setting a wide-range measure to help support and protect the lives and livelihoods of its multiple stakeholders including its consumers and communities, its customers and suppliers, and its workforce.
As part of its "Malasakit for All" program, Unilever Philippines has enabled its office-based employees to work from home and has implemented safety measures for its site and field-based employees by providing them personal protective equipment (PPE) and shuttle services.
The company also announced its commitment for 100% guaranteed pay for all employees that are unable to work due to the constraints brought about by the current situation, as well as other incentives that help with meals and PPE for its skeletal workforce in the factories, distribution centers, and field sales.
"As a company built on malasakit, Unilever remains committed to care for our employees, our partners, and our communities. We have a responsibility to help and we are ready to share our capabilities and resources to address this crisis," said Unilever Philippines Chairman and CEO Benjie Yap.
Recognizing the support needed by the retail value chain, Unilever PH also pledged a P1 billion cash flow relief for vulnerable customers and early payment for financially-constrained small suppliers.
"It is our hope that through this cash flow relief, business partners that rely primarily on Unilever are able to sustain their operations and the livelihood of their people. Business continuity with our customers and suppliers is a very important consideration for us," Yap said.
Unilever PH also activated its "Get Involved, Volunteer and Enable Sustainability" (GIVES) program to provide hygiene and food packs and PPEs for government hospitals and communities in need. Consistent with its drive to "Win with Purpose," it set aside P100 million worth of products to support this humanitarian effort in coordination with the local government units and various foundations and non-government organizations.
Some of its employees also extended help using their personal resources by organizing "Food for Frontliners" initiatives, while others have become channels to broaden the reach of the Unilever GIVES program.
A fundraising project was also organized by the employees to purchase more PPEs for health workers and the company has pledged to match it bringing the total amount for donation to over P2 million.
"Unilever has been a part of Filipino lives for over 90 years and it is a privilege to be able to continue serving our medical frontliners and vulnerable communities," said Unilever Vice President for Sustainable Business and Communications Ed Sunico.
Last week, Unilever announced a global commitment to contribute more than €100 million to continue helping people around the world. The company will contribute €100 million for the soap, sanitizer, and bleach donations and will offer €500 million of cash flow relief to support livelihoods across its extended value chain.
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