How are companies reacting to the coronavirus?

The COVID-19 pandemic, the new coronavirus, has led companies to take several preventive initiatives in this time of crisis. Of home office, which allows working hours to be carried out at home, the massive distribution of alcohol gel in common areas on the production line and in the factories' internal means of transport, other measures were taken to help in this time of pandemic.

CEBDS also does its part. In addition to the adoption of home office, face-to-face meetings were cancelled, events were rescheduled and the entire agenda was adapted in the best possible way for the virtual environment. After all, the current situation demands from us awareness, solidarity and innovation.

Those who can break the cycle and avoid further contagion. This is the motto of the campaign that CEBDS launched on its social networks, with the hashtag #euficoemcasa

Check out how some companies are reacting to the coronavirus:

Ambev and alcohol gel for hospitals 

Ambev will produce 500,000 units of alcohol gel to distribute to public hospitals in the states of São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and the Federal District, states with the highest concentration of cases. The company will use the brewery line in Piraí, Rio de Janeiro, to produce ethanol and 500 thousand packages. 

The company will use alcohol from the production of Brahma 0.0, a non-alcoholic beer. Delivery logistics in the three states will also be carried out by Ambev.

Support for 99 drivers 

99 has created a special fund of US$ 10 million to support the company's drivers and delivery partners who are diagnosed with coronavirus. Starting this Thursday, the 19th, drivers and delivery people who have a proven diagnosis of the virus will be able to request financial assistance equivalent to the income they generated on the platform in the 28 days prior to the date of the request.

Airlines facilitate rescheduling and restrict flights

A Blue will reduce the supply of seats by up to 25% in March and up to 50% in April, according to a statement to the market. As of today, all of the company's international flights are suspended, except those originating at Viracopos airport, the main hub from the company.

A Latam also disclosed that it will reduce its operations by up to 70% from now on. On the international network, the suspension should affect 90% of flights.

At Goal, the reduction will be approximately 60% to 70% by mid-June. On domestic flights, the cut will be up to 60%. For international ones, up to 95%. In all of them the rescheduling fee is suspended. Companies ask that passengers try to rebook rather than cancel.

Rappi contactless delivery

In addition to distributing alcohol gel to couriers, Rappi included the option for “contactless delivery” in the app, in which couriers can leave products two meters away from customers.

Central Bank facilitates debt renegotiation

Companies and families will be able to renegotiate their debts during this period of the COVID-19 pandemic. The National Monetary Council (CMN) approved two measures to facilitate loan renegotiation. The idea is to allow Brazil to react to the impact of the disease on the market, according to the Central Bank.

“It is estimated that approximately R$ 3.2 trillion of credits are eligible to benefit from this measure, the renegotiation of which will naturally depend on the interest and convenience of the parties involved”, says the BC.

BB and Caixa announce credit release

Banco do Brasil and Caixa Econômica Federal offer credit to companies experiencing financial difficulties as a result of the new coronavirus pandemic. The announcement was made by the presidents of Caixa, Pedro Guimarães, and Banco do Brasil, Rubem Novaes, and the Minister of Economy, Paulo Guedes. 

Automakers and collective holidays

For now, only Volkswagen has informed the government of its intention to activate the collective vacation provision, but other automakers, such as Nissan, which has its factory in Resende, are also studying the measure.

Temperature measurement at Petrobras

In addition to working from home in all administrative areas, Petrobras is measuring the temperature of all employees who are heading to platforms. 

Banco Itaú and Santander

The administrative sector is working from home and there are restrictive measures and alternating shifts at agencies. Other banks are adopting the same model. Santander published an advertising campaign on TV talking about more “distant” service. 

Nestlé recommends home office

Nestlé in Brazil has asked employees to replace business trips with alternative methods of communication. The company recommended remote work to employees who have been in areas affected by the coronavirus in the last week. Nestlé has also implemented biosecurity measures in its factories, offices and distribution centers.

WeWork and security measures

WeWork is implementing an optional work-from-home policy for the company's employees. Cleaning measures in all units were reinforced, and the availability of soap and alcohol gel was increased. The company has temporarily restricted all non-essential international and domestic business travel for its employees.

Petrobras and employee care 

Petrobras has suspended all travel abroad. In Brazil, only priority trips are maintained, for appointments that cannot be attended to by video call or telephone.

Petrobras also placed people in the risk group into remote work, such as those over 65 years of age, those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, low immunity, chronic kidney failure or those who have had an organ transplant. In cities that have had classes suspended, fathers and mothers of school-age children will also be able to work from home, in agreement with managers. Petrobras also temporarily suspended in-person events and meetings with more than 20 people.

Question answering robot

At TI Stefanini, a virtual robot was created to answer employees' questions about the epidemic and the company's measures to combat it. Additionally, employees over 60, pregnant or with low immunity are working from home.

iFood created a fund of R$ 1 million 

The objective is to assist quarantined drivers with this help. Ação da Cidadania will manage the fund, according to a company statement.

The guidance for delivery people who are suspected or confirmed of COVID-19 is to follow all health recommendations issued by public bodies and, as soon as possible, communicate to iFood through the service channels. Details about the solidarity fund will be defined and announced soon,” says the company in a note.

BNDES and employee care 

BNDES canceled all national and international trips and events at headquarters were canceled until Friday, in addition to work visits and participation in external events. The company is gradually allowing employees to work from home. On Thursday and Friday, all 2,200 employees work from home under the guidance of their managers.

Travel suspended  

Bayer, Votorantim Cimentos, Natura and Way Carbon banned travel. At MRV, the ban lasts until April.

Boticário cancels selection process in BH

The Boticário Group would carry out a hiring campaign. The event was canceled due to the risk posed by the Coronavirus pandemic. COVID 19 spreads quickly and it is necessary to avoid crowds. According to a statement from the company, the decision was taken “in compliance with the WHO (World Health Organization) guidelines released this Wednesday (11)”.



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