Unilever is stepping up to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic both in Malaysia and beyond
The consumer goods manufacturer of brands including Dove, Knorr, Breeze, and Lifebuoy, announced their plan to help protect the lives and livelihoods of communities, suppliers, and their workforce.
Unilever is contributing €100 million (approx. RM474 million) through donations of soap, sanitiser, bleach, and food
The company is donating €50 million (approx. RM236 million) worth of soaps and sanitisers to the COVID Action Platform of the World Economic Forum, which is supporting global health organisations and agencies.
On top of that, Unilever is adapting its current manufacturing lines to produce sanitisers for hospitals, schools, and other institutions.
The company is also reaching out to communities in need through product donations, partnerships, and handwashing education programmes with national health authorities and NGOs.
In Malaysia, Unilever is partnering with Tesco to donate Lifebuoy hand wash to 63 of their adopted schools
"Locally, Unilever is working with organisations and partners to supply our personal care and hygiene products which help in preventing the spread of the virus," said Annemarieke de-Haan, Managing Director of Unilever Malaysia & Singapore.
"We proudly support the frontline healthcare workers who are most at risk and working tirelessly to support communities."
In addition to the product donations, Unilever is offering €500 million (approx. RM2.4 billion) in cash flow relief to support the livelihoods of those affected
Early payments are going out to vulnerable small and medium sized suppliers, while credit is being extended to selected small-scale retailers whose business relies on Unilver.
Meanwhile, Unilever is protecting its workforce from sudden drops in pay for up to three months
This includes employees, contractors, and others who work on Unilever sites, both full-time and part-time.
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