Amid the swift spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, the demand for medical equipment – specifically ventilators and PPE – rapidly outpaced supply. Access to ventilators at overwhelmed hospitals was often the difference between life and death. With automobile manufacturing on pause, CEO Mary Barra empowered GM’s leadership team to help the nation. With global demand for critical care ventilators capable of supporting patients fighting COVID-19, GM recognized its unique supply chain relationships and ability to quickly scale manufacturing, and stepped in to support the effort with critical care ventilators needed to treat seriously ill patients.
GM partnered with Ventec Life Systems to build more than 30,000 critical care ventilators at GM’s Kokomo, Indiana, manufacturing facility. Additionally, more than 5,000 employees volunteered to make and distribute more than 7 million masks across the country.
The PepsiCo Foundation
Recognizing the massive spikes in hunger brought about by COVID-19 and the pandemic’s threat to long-term food security, The PepsiCo Foundation leveraged PepsiCo’s vast resources and deep logistical expertise in sourcing, packaging, and delivering food around the world to create and lead a global hunger-fighting initiative.
The initiative worked with employees, NGOs and community organizations, and local governments to expand impact on the ground – ultimately supporting more than 1,000 communities, delivering more than 145 million meals, and providing more than $71 million in funding and donations to global partners. To inform its approach, The PepsiCo Foundation took learnings from PepsiCo’s Food for Good program, the company’s global commitment to reach zero hunger that has been working for more than decade with local partners and community organizations to ensure those in need have access to nutritious food.
The Walgreens Vaccine Equity Initiative aims to comprehensively address and overcome access barriers to the COVID-19 vaccine, especially in underserved communities, including Black and Latino communities where vaccine rates lagged at the beginning of the U.S. vaccination campaign.
Walgreens partnered with hundreds of community groups, rapidly implementing 1,200+ vaccination events in underserved areas. The company has administered millions of vaccines in underserved communities through these events and through building vaccine equity into its pharmacy operations. Additionally, Walgreens launched multiple education campaigns to reach hesitant audiences, sharing accurate information, building trust in the vaccine, and demonstrating the value of pharmacy in healthcare delivery and outcomes, especially in underserved areas. This included marketing efforts with celebrities and amplifying the voices of its network of diverse pharmacists.