Corporate Aid Tracker: COVID-19 Business in Action

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic.  Pandemics know no borders.  As the number of infections grows daily, it has become clear that no community will be spared its effects.

The leadership of the business community has never been more important than in times of crisis.  American businesses have been at the forefront of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic – from manufacturing essential medical supplies to providing support for first responders and healthcare professionals. 

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation has been tracking the contributions from businesses of all sizes and sectors that are helping combat the coronavirus. This tracker is updated daily, and we’d love to include your information.

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2020

Apostrophe

Apostrophe, a tele-dermatology skincare startup, is helping tackle the nationwide hand sanitizer shortage by producing the World Health Organization’s (WHO) hand sanitizer formula. Its team has shifted all available capacity at the company's compounding pharmacy to make as much hand sanitizer as possible and selling it at close to the cost of production. Each two pack of 2 oz hand sanitizers will cost $15, with all profits from the sale donated to the WHO COVID-19 Response Fund...

Apple

Apple’s committed donations to the global COVID-19 response has reached $15 million worldwide. The donations are to both help treat those who are sick and to help lessen the economic and community impacts of the pandemic. The company also announced that it is matching employee donations two-to-one to support COVID-19 response efforts locally, nationally and internationally...

Applied Materials

Applied Materials and the Applied Materials Foundation are making available RMB 4 million ($573,732) to directly support relief efforts in China. It has established a Humanitarian Response Fund to empower its employees in China to take action and respond to immediate needs in their families, neighborhoods and communities. In addition, the Applied Materials Foundation, partnering with Give2Asia and the China Women’s Development Foundation, was able to secure advanced blood analysis equipment in Asia and get these devices into Wuhan...

Ardius

Some of the initiatives Ardius started since the crisis began include waiving all its sign-up fees for any company needing help; utilizing a portion of its fees to purchase back the very services and products that its customers sell; donating those clients’ services and products to other startups that may need it; and deferring its fee until companies receive their payroll tax offset.

Armani

Giorgio Armani donated about $2.2 million to hospitals in Milan, Rome, Bergamo, Piacenza and Versilia as well as to the Italian civil protection agency, which is coordinating the country’s response to the outbreak. Armani also announced that all of the company's Italian production plants are manufacturing single-use medical overalls.

Assessment Technologies Group

Assessment Technologies Group is offering free job postings for companies urgently seeking new talent. The company is also offering other services for hire.

AstraZeneca

British drug company AstraZeneca is rushing forward a big clinical trial for its blood cancer drug Calquence because it has shown early promising results in later-stage COVID-19 patients—those in intensive care units and on ventilators.

AT&T

AT&T will pay a 20% bonus above the regular hourly base rate of pay to bargained-for employees for all time worked in the office or at home. The company is also extending its original 80 hours of paid, excused time off to up to a total of 160 hours for those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Qualified schools activating new lines on qualified data-only plans for school-issued tablets, 4G LTE-enabled laptops and hotspot devices will get the wireless data service at no cost for 60 days...

Atlas Air

Atlas Air is collaborating with FEMA as part of “Project Airbridge” to airlift critical medical supplies. The project includes multiple healthcare distributors and supply chain companies.

Audible

Audible is currently making hundreds of its most beloved audiobooks available to the public for free during this unprecedented crisis. Audible promises that "For as long as schools are closed, we're open."

AVANGRID

The Avangrid Foundation together with AVANGRID announced a $2 million commitment to support national and local organizations that support vulnerable communities as they deal with the coronavirus pandemic. AVANGRID also donated 31,000 protective masks. Central Main Power donated 6,000 protective masks to the Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) to support statewide needs for protective gear for medical personnel fighting the coronavirus pandemic. New York State Electric & Gas, In conjunction with the AVANGRID Foundation, has donated $175,000 to COVID-19 emergency response efforts...

Bacardi

Bermuda-based Bacardi Ltd. announced a shift in products at its Cataño, Puerto Rico-based rum distillery to help supply ethanol required to produce the much needed hand sanitizers that are in high demand as a result of COVID-19. The Bacardi Corp. distillery in Cataño, Puerto Rico, has partnered with Puerto Rico-based manufacturer Olein Refinery to provide raw materials that will enable the production of more than 1.7 million units of 10-ounce hand sanitizer...

Back to the Roots

Back to the Roots is placing free organic gardening kits & STEM curriculums in the hands of out-of-school educators.

Baidu

Chinese tech firm Baidu said it had established a 300 million yuan (US$43 million) epidemic and public health security fund to support efforts including screening and research and development (R&D) for cures of diseases such as the new coronavirus, as well as for longer-term efforts such as public health and safety information dissemination. The company will also provide artificial intelligence technology as well as computing resources to assist in R&D efforts by research institutes and disease control agencies, according to a post on its official WeChat account...

Baker Hughes

Baker Hughes is donating key medical personal protection equipment to the Ministry of Health. This includes 1,500 N95 Masks, 1,500 Surgical Masks, 1,500 medical gloves - medium and large, and 1,500 medical coveralls.

Bank of America

Bank of America announced it is committing $100 million to support local communities in need as the world faces unprecedented challenges from the coronavirus. The funds will help increase medical response capacity, address food insecurity, increase access to learning as a result of school closures, and provide support to the world’s most vulnerable populations.

Bank of New York Mellon

BNY Mellon has initiated the following COVID-19 relief efforts: 1. Philanthropic donations to the hardest-hit areas in support of global public health infrastructure through non-profit partners Center for Disease Control, the International Medical Corps, and Save the Children. 2.Commitments to local hospitals including Brooklyn Hospital and New York-Presbyterian Hospital.m 3. Providing 600 iPads® to the NYC Health + Hospitals system...

Barrington Coaching

Barrington Coaching is providing pro bono services as a speaker for Career Connectors, a non-profit organization that helps job seekers find employment.

Bauer

Bauer will repurpose its factories to begin making face shields.

Bayer

Bayer is supporting the fight against the corona pandemic in Spain with a comprehensive aid package. The company is donating €800,000 ($867,156) to the national health system in Spain for the purchase of urgently needed medical equipment and hospital beds. Further contributions of more than €100.000 ($108,394) include the donation of test equipment for the diagnosis of Covid-19 to one of the research centers of Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), as well as support for the “Coronavirus Emergency in Spain" program of the Red Cross...

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