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80 Companies Supporting the Global Community During the Pandemic

With the going getting tougher, some of the world’s largest businesses have banded together to combat the negative effects of the coronavirus outbreak with determination, camaraderie, and a plethora of good deeds. Inspiring acts of kindness have begun to arise, from multimillionaires pledging financial support to celebrities teaming up with brands to raise funds for families suffering finically during this pandemic. 

Where there is darkness, there is light – and with the government overwhelmed, and more than 2 million COVID-19 cases reported worldwide, businesses small and large are rallying in support of the community. 

There are many ways that businesses can offer their support, including the delivery of resources, monetary donations, and backing educational initiatives. Here, we’re shining the spotlight on some of the inspirational organizations who are going above and beyond to combat the coronavirus.

Fundraising & Donation:

  • Airbnb has agreed to subsidize housing for 100,000 workers at the front lines of COVID-19 care.
  • Amazon launched the $20 million AWS Diagnostic Initiative to accelerate COVID-19 research as well as committed €21 million to support those most affected in Europe.
  • American Express and Hilton teamed up to offer up to 1 million hotel stays to medical staff working on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis, through the end of May. 
  • Ashley HomeStore donated 100 new mattresses to provide shelter for the vulnerable population in partnership with the City of Tampa, FL, and Catholic Charities of St. Petersburg.
  • Brooks Running is donating 10000 pairs of shoes to support NHS workers fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Casetify, the global tech accessory brand, has created a UV sanitizer and will donate 100% of the proceeds to the GlobalGiving Coronavirus Relief Fund.
  • Cottonelle is addressing the toilet paper shortage with a donation of $1 million plus one million rolls to the United Way Worldwide COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund. 
  • Crocs and Zappos joined forces in the “A Free Pair for Healthcare” initiative and will be donating 10,000 pairs of shoes each day to healthcare workers on the frontline of the outbreak.
  • eBay has created eBay for Charity to support charities in these trying times. People can help in three ways: Sellers can donate between 10 to 100% of a sale as a charitable donation, shoppers can buy a Gifts That Gives Back from one of the listed charities, or buyers paying via PayPal can donate between $1 and $25 during checkout every time they buy. 
  • Facebook donated an emergency reserve of 720,000 n95 masks and pledged $100 million to help support small businesses.
  • HSBC, the UK division, donated £1m to the National Emergencies Trust Coronavirus Appeal and British Red Cross to help support people affected by COVID-19.
  • IBM is helping launch the COVID-19 High-Performance Computing Consortium, which offers researchers access to 30 supercomputers with over 400 petaflops of computing performance.
  • Johnson & Johnson donated a total of $300,000,000 to support frontline healthcare workers.
  • LVMH Moët Hennessy has made donations of hand sanitizer, masks, medical clothing and medical alcohol for medical facilities in France. 
  • Ralph Lauren is donating $10 million via the Ralph Lauren Corporate Foundation to support global communities impacted by the pandemic.
  • Starbucks Foundation pledged to donate $500,000 to Direct Relief and Operation Gratitude to support U.S. frontline responders with the delivery of personal protective equipment and medical items and to deliver 50,000 care packages and handwritten letters to first responders and health care workers.
  • Tanya Taylor has put 10,000 non-medical grade masks into production for distribution in New York City and has created a donation program to raise funds to create 5,000 non-medical grade masks for distribution in Canada.
  • The Body Shop will be donating 30,000 units of cleansing products, soaps, and washes, to local shelters and senior communities throughout the U.S. and Canada.
  • The Honest Company is putting families first by donating 3 million diapers, 30,000 packs of wipes, and 20,000 personal care products this year to charity partner, Baby2Baby.
  • Twitter has globally distributed pro bono advertising credits to help their partners to launch campaigns around COVID-19 and announced a pledge of $1 million to the Committee to Protect Journalists and the International Women’s Media Foundation. 
  • Verizon is donating $2.5 million to nonprofit Local Initiatives Support Corporation for its Small Business COVID-19 Recovery Fund.
  • Yelp announced $25 million in relief in the form of waived advertising fees, free advertising, and products and services to help local restaurants and bars.
  • YOOX NET-A-PORTER Group donated its Premier Delivery Service fleet to seven local Age UK charities in London to deliver essential supplies to vulnerable and isolated communities. 

Food:

  • Billie is donating $100,000 to food banks across the country that are working to help those affected by the virus.
  • Catalyst Roasters in London announced they will give free meals to everyone in the hospitality industry.
  • DoorDash is partnering with United Way Worldwide to deliver groceries and meals to households in need.
  • Everlane is sending the proceeds from sales of the 100% Human collection to the Feeding America's COVID-19 Response Fund.
  • FreshDirect is offering a donation promotion. Add a donation to your order to buy pantry meals or produce for individuals and families through NY Common Pantry.
  • Grenade, the UK sports supplement distributor, is fueling frontline NHS workers with free Grenade care packages. 
  • JanSport has launched the #UnpackThatChallenge and pledged to donate 10,000 backpacks to World Central Kitchen to support food distribution to underprivileged students.
  • Kraft Heinz Co. donated $12 million in both cash and food and also launched the #WeGotYouAmerica campaign to show appreciation for the plant workers responsible for food production.  
  • Leon, the restaurant chain, is providing takeaway and delivery meals to NHS workers with a 50% discount. It is also delivering free daily hot meals to NHS critical care staff. 
  • MGM Resorts partnered with food banks and local organizations in eight U.S. states to distribute 400,000 meals to those in need.
  • The Farmer’s Mistress in London is putting together boxes of essentials for those who are unable to get hold of milk, bread, eggs while in isolation, delivered for free. 
  • Thrive Market are providing grocery stipends and free memberships to families affected by the pandemic. They’ve deployed over $180,000 in grocery stipends.
  • UberEats pledged 300,000+ free meals to support healthcare workers and other relief efforts in the U.S and Canada.
  • Zappos is using their campus bistro to provide ready-to-eat meals to the elderly and most vulnerable and will be supporting Feeding America and local Las Vegas Food Bank with monetary donations to help feed people in need.

Manufacturing:

  • Brooks Brothers is using its menswear factories to make a hundred and fifty thousand masks a day.
  • Carhartt, the workwear company, is retooling its operations to make 50,000 medical gowns and 2.5 million masks. 
  • Chi is creating FDA approved hand sanitizers with 77% v/v Ethyl Alcohol to kill 99.99% of germs, and donating $1 million worth to Houston & Tomball, TX.
  • Christian Siriano turned his atelier into a mask factory to support medical staff.
  • Dyson has now partnered with The Technology Partnership to produce 15,000 CoVent ventilators and will donate 10,000 to the U.K and 5,000 to international efforts to combat the pandemic. 
  • Ford Motor Company, General Electric, and 3M are joining hands to create lifesaving medical equipment, including ventilators, masks, and respirators in their factories.
  • Ineos, the UK chemicals firm, will be delivering a million bottles of hand sanitizer a month to NHS hospitals across the UK.
  • L'Occitane, the beauty organization, is now manufacturing 70,000 liters of hand sanitizer and donating it to health authorities and healthcare workers in France. 
  • L'Oreal Paris is making and distributing hand sanitizer for free to care homes, hospitals, and pharmacies across Europe. 
  • Neiman Marcus partners with Joann Stores to sew masks, gowns, and scrubs for undersupplied medical staff.
  • Nike is repurposing shoe materials to create full-face shields and powered, air-purifying respirator (PAPR) lenses for health professionals.
  • Nordstrom will produce nearly 1 million masks benefitting Providence Health Services, in partnership with Kaas Tailored and Ascension, one of the largest hospital networks in the U.S.
  • The Royal Mint is manufacturing up to 4,000 medical visors per day to help protect NHS staff across the UK.
  • True Value Company is converting its space to produce hand sanitizer and cleaning products to help aid in the nationwide shortage. 
  • Warby Parker turned its Optical Lab into a distribution center to facilitate the donation of thousands of N95 protective masks for healthcare workers.
  • Worcester Bosch is converting its factory to help produce 550 sets of ventilator casings for the NHS. 

Community Care:

  • Chewy has partnered with GreaterGood.org to donate more than $3 million to animal welfare organizations for pet food, healthcare supplies, and other essential products.
  • Comcast, Charter, Verizon, Google, T-Mobile, and Sprint have signed a pledge to keep Americans who cannot pay internet-connected for the next 60 days. 
  • Cox and Spectrum are providing limited-time internet to families with K-12 students.
  • EE Limited, the largest mobile network operator in the UK, is giving NHS workers unlimited data until October. 
  • Legalpad is providing free resources to the international community, including updates on immigration and travel news alerts as well as consultations for people who need guidance on next steps regarding travel and immigration compliance during COVID-19. 
  • McCarthy & Stone, the biggest builder of retirement properties in the UK, has offered to house older people recovering from COVID-19 and NHS key workers in more than 300 newly completed, unoccupied apartments. 
  • Sling TV is offering cost-free access with their "Stay in & SLING!" initiative, proving coverage on all COVID-19 news and on-demand access to kids, lifestyle, and entertainment programming.
  • U-Haul is offering 30 days of free storage to college students who had to move out of their dorms due to the virus. 

Education:

  • Amazon is donating 8,200 laptops to Seattle Public Schools students without access to a device at home. Through their Amazon Future Engineer program, they’re also donating 4,000 laptops to high school students across the U.S. and making new online computer science resources, including exam prep, free.
  • Audible is gifting hundreds of free titles for children and students.
  • Babbel is offering three months of free language learning to U.S. students through mid-June 2020.
  • Daunt Books, Pages of Hackney, Stokey Bookshop, and Nomad Books, independent London bookshops, are offering hand-delivery to those who live nearby, and postal services for those further afield. 
  • Headspace is providing free access to K-12 teachers, school administrators, and supporting staff in the U.S., U.K., Canada, and Australia. They are also sharing tools and tips for talking mindfully with young people to help educators guide kids and their parents through this crisis.
  • LinkedIn is offering a free 16-part course on remote working. 
  • Logitech has launched a program for k-12 teachers to receive free webcams and headsets to support virtual teaching. 

Physical Health:

  • ClassPass has launched live workouts with more than 500 studios with a library of more than 2,000 pre-recorded audio and video workouts are also available for free. 100% of livestream proceeds go directly to the studios. 
  • Gymshark is paying trainers to host classes through the brand's Facebook Live channel.
  • HealthTap, a healthcare company that focuses on virtual care, is offering a free virtual doctor visit to anyone in the U.S. 
  • Modo Yoga (which has locations in the United States, Canada, Australia, and France) is offering free classes on Instagram Live.
  • Orange Theory, HIIT studio, is sharing a free 30-minute workout on its website every day.
  • Planet Fitness is also offering online classes so people can avoid sacrificing their fitness routines while gyms are closed.

Mental Health:

  • Airtime Media Inc. created Netflix Party to allow people to watch their favorite movies or shows with friends and keep people socially connected.
  • HBO will be streaming 500 hours of free programming, including some of your favorite stress relievers: Veep and Silicon Valley. 
  • Headspace, the mindfulness app has teamed up with New York State to offer free guided meditations to support the mental wellbeing of New Yorkers hit hard during the crisis. They are also giving free subscriptions to U.S.-based healthcare providers and employees of the NHS in the U.K. 
  • Mucinex is combating fear with facts with their public service campaign called Spread Facts, Not Fear. 
  • Starbucks is giving employees and their family members 20 free counseling sessions a year.
  • Talkspace is offering 1,000 free months of messaging therapy to medical and healthcare workers. 

 

We’re all in this together

All the businesses listed above have stepped up as leaders to counter the negativity and apprehension facing our global community today. There are still many unknowns concerning the trajectory of this pandemic. But, if one thing is for certain during this unprecedented time, it’s that we are all in this together.

There is a power in togetherness that can overcome all odds. Don’t forget, this world has endured and prevailed over the likes of the Great Depression in 1920-1939 as well as the 2008 Great Recession – this situation will be no different. 

Defeating the coronavirus requires worldwide commitment and compassion. Let these 80 examples of companies giving back inspire you to find ways to help the people in your community. There’s no action too big or too small, and as we continue to band together, we take one step closer to recovery. 


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