Our operations, from cement plants to research labs, are joining in. We are helping where we can. To see what actions have been taken in your country or if you have ideas on how to contribute to the global fight against the coronavirus and coronavirus, contact us: https://www.lafargeholcim.com/directory
COVID-19:Community outreach across Canada
Lafarge Canada understands that collaboration and cooperation are essential for our country to make it through the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ve taken steps from coast to coast to support our communities in the following ways:
Bath, ON: donation of 50,000 pairs of medical gloves and 30,000 face masks to help protect local healthcare workers in our collective fight against COVID-19.
Barrie, ON: donation of construction materials to support completion of the temporary COVID-19 facility at the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre in Barrie.
Alberta: hand sanitizer donations to homeless shelters and food banks across the entire province as well as the Banff YWCA.
Saskatchewan: hand sanitizer donations to support programs helping at-risk youth.
Manitoba: hand sanitizer donation to local drop-in centers offering medical and spiritual support.
British Columbia: hands sanitizer donations to smaller localized hospitals across the BC interior.
Lafarge Canada is incredibly proud of our employees who are individually supporting their communities by sewing masks, donating their time, and working together to #flattenthecurve.
We will get through this together!
We are using our read-ymix trucks to help sanitize the streets, in order to help fight the infection.
Our colleagues in Iraq have been working hard to support the communities of Karbala and Bazian during the Coronavirus crisis. Food packages have been distributed to families and medical equipment has been donated to the authorities, and our teams have been producing leaflets to spread awareness of good practices that help fight the infection, such as social distancing and frequent handwashing.
In Colombia, our ready-mix trucks are on the frontline in the fight on Coronavirus. They are delivering sanitizing solutions to assist in the local government's efforts in cleaning the streets of the infection. Our teams are also hard at work carrying out awareness campaigns, setting up psychological care and organizing virtual recreation for children and adults alike!
In cities all across India, our volunteers with the ACC Trust have produced over 23,000 medical masks, with another 20,000 to be ready in the next few days. These masks have been delivered directly to frontline workers in healthcare and other essential services to help protect them from infection.
Healthcare resources being stretched to capacity is one of the concerns resulting from Coronavirus. In Glasgow, we have donated concrete to help an exhibition center be transformed into a new temporary 1,000-bed hospital.
When coronavirus spread to El Salvador, it meant that over 350 people needed to be quarantined at our Metapan plant for 48 hours. In this unprecedented situation, our local teams stepped in to provide over 2,500 meals, along with medical supplies, clean clothes, soap and blankets.
We operate in some of the regions hardest hit by the Coronavirus in Northern Italy, which is why we want to do everything we can to look after the communities there. We have donated to several hospitals in Lombardy, as well as donating any protective masks we can spare. We also support our employees and their families with insurance policies that mitigate the impact the virus might have on them, from healthcare services to home delivery of food.
In our home market of Switzerland, we have donated more than 2,000 masks to hospitals in the cantons of Zurich and Fribourg, with more activities planned.
In India, we have stepped up our efforts to protect communities in the face of the coronavirus crisis, beginning the largest village in Himachal Pradesh. In collaboration with local authorities we helped to sanitize the households of the entire village of around 13,000 inhabitants.
By donating medical supplies, including two fully-equipped isolation boxes, our organization in Greece is making sure the medical facilities in the communities where it operates have all the equipment they need in the face of the Coronavirus.
From the laboratory to the emergency room: our innovation center in Lyon has donated their 4,000 N95 masks and 100,000 gloves to the Bourgoin Jailleu hospital in France.
The high demand for medical equipment also means a high amount of medical waste produced, a growing problem of coronavirus - but cement kilns can dispose of this waste. For instance at our Yangxin plant in China, medical waste has been eliminated quickly and safely.