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

General Electric

GE Healthcare has increased manufacturing capacity of equipment used in the diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19 patients, such as CTs, ultrasound devices, mobile X-ray systems, patient monitors, and ventilators. GE is adding manufacturing employees and otherwise ramping up ventilator production to keep its facility open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The company has doubled its capacity of ventilator production since the outbreak began and has plans to double it again by the end of Q2 2020...

General Mills

General Mills is rolling out a supplemental package of philanthropic grants spanning Asia, Europe, Australia, Latin America and North America aimed at ensuring food banks have extra cash resources to help nourish community members amidst the COVID-19 outbreak.

General Motors

General Motors is offering to make hospital ventilators and masks in its factories that have been shuttered by the coronavirus outbreak. GM is working with Ventec Life Systems to mass produce the ventilators. General Motors is also donating RMB 5 million ($715k USD) to the Chinese Red Cross Foundation in support of efforts to combat the Coronavirus outbreak in China.

Gilead Sciences

Gilead is committed to collaborating with global health organizations to support pandemic responses. The company is working with government and non-government organizations and regulatory authorities to develop a strategy to provide its investigational compound, remdesivir, to patients with COVID-19 for emergency treatment in the absence of any approved treatment options, and to support clinical trials to determine whether it can safely and effectively be used to treat COVID-19...

GlaxoSmithKline

GSK and CEPI, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, announced a new collaboration aimed at helping the global effort to develop a vaccine for the 2019-nCoV virus. GSK will make its established pandemic vaccine adjuvant platform technology available to enhance the development of an effective vaccine against 2019-nCoV.

Google

Google is announcing a $800+ million commitment to support small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), health organizations and governments, and health workers on the frontline of this global pandemic. The commitment includes:

Grubhub

Grubhub is temporarily suspending commission fees for impacted independent restaurants of up to $100 million.

Grundfos

In celebration of Grundfos' 75th anniversary, the Grundfos Foundation, owner of Grundfos, has expanded its budget for donations from planned $18 million to $29 million. The main donation areas remain water, research, and inclusion, but the Foundation will move its attention to the fight against COVID-19 this year. As part of this donation, the Grundfos Foundation is sending emergency relief funding to the ICRC (5m DKK / 732,525 USD), UNICEF (5m DKK / 732,525 USD) and Danish Red Cross (1.5m DKK / 219,758 USD)...

H-E-B Grocery Company LP

Supermarket chain H-E-B pledged an initial $3 million in support of local nonprofits, including $1.2 million through its Hunger Relief Program to eighteen food banks across the state; $300,000 to the Texas Biomedical Research Institute in San Antonio in support of its dedicated coronavirus research team; and $1 million through the H-E-B My Community Investment in support of nonprofits providing critical frontline services.

Hanes

Hanes has agreed to use its manufacturing facilities to help produce medical masks.

Hello Alice

In light of the recent COVID-19 crisis, Hello Alice has assembled a Resource Center to help entrepreneurs navigate these uncertain times through grants, financial relief, government-issued programs, discounts, virtual events, and a community to give you daily support. Join them daily across all of our social channels for support, advice and tips.

Hewlett Packard

The HP Foundation donated $1 million to Direct Relief, assisting in the Coronavirus relief effort. HP is also utilizing 3D printing to produce needed equipment.

Home Depot

Home Depot has instituted measures for the safety of its customers and associates. It also has introduced several benefits enhancements to take care of its associates. Home Depot is supporting communities in the following ways: 1. Voluntarily froze pricing nationwide across product categories in high demand due to COVID-19 2. Executed a ""Stop-Sale"" on all N95 masks in stores and HomeDepot.com and redirected all shipments to be donated to hospitals, healthcare providers and first responders around the country...

Honda Motor Company, LTD.

Honda Motor Co., Ltd. And Honda Motor (China) Investment Co., Ltd. have made a donation of 10 million yuan ($1,431,209) to the Red Cross in Hubei Province to support local measures.

Honeywell

Honeywell has doubled its production of N95 masks and intends to increase its capacity fivefold within the next 90 days. The firm is also starting another plant in Arizona and will hire 500 employees.

Huami

Huami announced that it has donated $1.5 million to help combat the outbreak of the deadly Coronavirus in the capital city of Wuhan. The funds will be dispersed to purchase medical supplies that are in urgent need by both medical professionals and people residing within the affected province.

Hyundai Motor Company

Hyundai Hope On Wheels announced a donation of $2 million for COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing Centers in partnership with children’s hospitals throughout the U.S. The COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic has created a particular threat to children with cancer, many of whom have compromised immune systems.

IBM Corporation

IBM is leading a consortium of national labs and IT leaders to pool more than 330 petaflops of computing power to help researchers everywhere better understand COVID-19, its treatments and potential cures. This is in addition to IBM’s Summit, which has already enabled researchers to screen 8,000 compounds to find those that are most likely to bind to the main “spike” protein of the coronavirus, rendering it unable to infect host cells. They were able to recommend the 77-promising small-molecule drug compounds that could now be experimentally tested.

iFlyTek

AI firm iFlyTek said that it donated 10 million yuan ($1,420,031) and 500,000 yuan ($71,002) worth of medical supplies.

Inditex

Inditex, owner of the retail chain Zara, announced that it will donate face masks and look into converting factories to make hospital gowns for coronavirus patients and healthcare officials in Spain.

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