The 30 Companies that are helping fight Covid-19
Several businesses and companies have pledged their support by donating money and supplying medical equipment to healthcare professionals.
Ford and 3M
Ford has joined hands with 3M, the company that is the leading producer of N95 masks globally, to build respirators. The automaker also announced partnerships with GE Healthcare to expand production of ventilators and with the United Auto Workers Union to assemble more than 100,000 plastic face shields per week.
Mercedes Formula One
Working with University College London (UCL) and clinicians at UCL Hospital, the auto experts have build a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) device, which helps in oxygen supply to the lungs sans a respirator. These breathing aids have been approved for use by the U.K.'s National Health Service in the battle against coronavirus
The company has spent €40 million to buy medical equipment from China and provide them to the German healthcare system. The automaker also started to produce face shield holders by 3-D printing.
General Motors has teamed up with the medical equipment company Ventec Life Systems to produce an estimated 10,000 ventilators at its plant in Kokomo, Indiana, U.S. The automaker is also directing over $2 million in grant funding to nonprofit organizations.
Tesla Inc. CEO Elon Musk is donating hundreds of ventilators, sourced from China, to hospitals in New York and other hotspots in the U.S. Additionally, he is also donating tens of thousands of N95 masks
The social networking giant has invested $100 million in the news industry to support journalists and marketing, donated over 700,000 protective face masks, pledged millions to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund and has also been helping small and medium-sized businesses by creating a $100 million grant program.
The tech company has donated more than $800 million in funds to manufacture medical supplies and support businesses. The company's commitments include a total of $250 million in ad grants to the World Health Organization (WHO) and other global government agencies and another $340 million in Google ad credits for small and medium-sized businesses. Google is also teaming up with Magid Glove & Safety to produce two-three million face masks in the coming weeks.
The e-commerce company is giving priority to delivering medical supplies and essential items, in addition to test kits in the U.S. They have also launched the $21 million Amazon Web Services (AWS) Diagnostic Initiative to accelerate COVID-19 research and committed almost $23 million to support those most affected by the pandemic in Europe. Additionally, Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos donated $100 million to Feeding America, a Chicago, U.S.-based nonprofit with over 200 food banks across the country.
Apart from donating 500,000 COVID-19 test kits and one million face masks to the U.S., the e-commerce company has sent out 1.8 million masks, 210,000 test kits, 36,000 protective suits, ventilators and thermometers to Asian countries, including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Laos, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Two million protective masks were distributed across Europe by Alibaba.
The company has decided to make 1.1 million face masks as well as 55,000 medical overalls to donate to the healthcare system in Italy. Additionally, the fashion house also announced that it will donate €1 million each in support of the Italian Civil Protection Department and the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.
Apart from donating $10 million toward the global response to the pandemic, the fashion house has provided 250,000 face masks and 25,000 hospital gowns to medical professionals in the U.S.
In addition to protective clothing, the luxury fashion house has decided to produce and deliver 110,000 face masks and 80,000 hospital gowns in Italy. Prada has also made donation of two complete intensive care and resuscitation units each to three hospitals in Milan, Italy.
The company and its executives have committed more than $17 million to COVID-19 response efforts around the world. The Nike Foundation, additionally, announced a $1 million donation to the global COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.
The fashion brand has donated $11 million to build a new hospital in Milan. Part of the proceeds will also go towards supplying 400 intensive care beds in the new hospital.
Dolce & Gabbana
The fashion retailer is working with Milan's Humanitas University on a research project that will examine immune responses to COVID-19.
Apart from making face masks and non-surgical gowns, Burberry is also funding research of a vaccine for coronavirus, as well as donating food in the U.K.
The retailer has made a donation of $500,000 to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, sourced personal protective equipment for hospitals in the European Union and granted the use of its social media channels to organizations such as the International Red Cross.
Apart from making donations worth $15 million, the tech company has also been trying to supply N95 masks to the hardest hit places in the U.S. and Europe. Apple has also updated Siri, it's virtual assistant, to give coronavirus advice and has joined hands with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to bring out a COVID-19 screening app and website.
The tech giant has donated $1 million to the International Red Cross and has provided one million masks, face shields and gloves to healthcare workers. The Intel Foundation also announced $4 million in support of food security, shelter, medical equipment and small-business support.
The consumer goods company is donating soap, disinfectant, hand sanitizers and food worth €100 million. It has also launched a relief program to assist small- and medium-sized suppliers.
The liquor company has supplied ethanol to produce 1.7 million bottles of hand sanitizer at distilleries in the U.S., U.K., Italy, France and Mexico.
To combat food shortage around the world, the food and drink processing conglomerate has teamed up with International Red Cross and Red Crescent to donate food and medical nutrition products.
The hypermarket chain has teamed up with the U.S. government to provide drive-through coronavirus testing sites. It has also pledged $25 million to various charities supporting organizations on the frontlines.
The company is making hand sanitizers and face shields, hosting blood donation drives and has provided staff at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, U.S., with Tyvek hazmat suits.
The tech company has produced a ventilator prototype named the "CoVent." The portable ventilator is intended for relief efforts in both the U.K. and globally
The home rental firm has opened its doors to healthcare professionals, emergency workers and relief personnel across the U.K, providing them with free or subsidized accommodation.
The luxury goods maker, which owns brands like Louis Vuitton and Bulgari, has been producing hand sanitizer and supplying it free of charge to health authorities in France.
The networking giant has pledged a sum of $225 million "in cash, in-kind, and planned-giving" to extend support to the local and global response to COVID-19.
Procter & Gamble
Along with hand sanitizer, the company is also delivering face masks to concerned healthcare authorities to combat the outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease. The company also reported that P&G products from 30 brands are being donated in more than 20 countries and that their product and in-kind support exceeds $15 million.
The investment management firm has donated 600,000 N95 face masks. The company also launched a $25 million global relief fund through Goldman Sachs Gives to support healthcare organizations, frontline responders and the hardest hit communities.