StarHub is responding to new identified and urgent areas of need, and extending further support for migrant workers in isolation. These latest initiatives follow a series of financial, connectivity and entertainment support StarHub had earlier rolled out for customers and the community.
Lazada has rolled out a series of initiatives to support Southeast Asian communities in the ongoing battle against Covid-19. Since the outbreak of the disease, the Alibaba Group-owned e-commerce platform has been mobilizing resources in its ecosystem to protect merchants and customers as well as other impacted stakeholders across the region.
Printer maker Xerox has said that it will make hand sanitizer in its factories in the United States and Canada to fight the spread of coronavirus and start deliveries to healthcare organizations later this month.
UK food retailer the Co-op hopes to raise £30 million to help those hardest hit by the coronavirus lockdown by allowing members to donate their unspent shopping reward points to a new support fund which will also draw on the chief executive’s salary.
CAR & AWAY
Car & Away, which allows airline passengers to rent out their unused vehicles while they’re away, has launched Karshare and is inviting drivers whose cars are parked during lockdown to donate them for a week for use by charity workers, food bank volunteers, NHS staff and care workers.
Electric Bike retailer Fully Charged is offering hospital workers in London e-bikes for three months free of charge as they worried that overcrowing transport services and reduced timetables would disrupt their commute and expose them to infection.
Fashion giant H&M has said that it is working with other companies to support garment workers in Bangladesh, where more than 2 million have been hit by factory closures as coronavirus lockdowns hit orders.
Retailer Primark has announced it will create a fund to help pay the wages of the millions of garment workers affected by its decision to cancel tens of millions of pounds worth of clothing orders from factories in developing countries.
Google has published reports for 131 countries showing whether visits to shops, parks and workplaces dropped in March, when many governments issued stay-at-home orders to rein in the spread of the novel coronavirus.
The UK’s largest independent energy supplier, OVO Energy, has unveiled a £50m “hardship” fund to assist customers that are struggling financially due to impacts of the coronavirus, as the wider energy industry works on a long-term plan to support customers during the period of disruption.
Abbott Laboratories has developed two Covid19 tests: one for hospitals for large sample processing and a rapid diagnostic test that delivers a positive result in 5 minutes (a negative in 13 minutes), which is the quickest on the market.
Supermarket chain Morrisons is to distribute £10m worth of food to the UK’s food banks during the coronavirus outbreak by producing more fresh items from its own manufacturing sites and bolstering deliveries from its stores.
Headspace – a mediation and mindfulness app – has announced that it will offer resources to the UK’s 1.2 million healthcare providers and employees who are facing increasing stress due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
RB launches Fight for Access Fund to improve access to health, hygiene and nutrition for all. RB has mobilised an additional £32 million as part of the RB Fight for Access Fund to address our collective fight against the spread of Covid-19.
BHP has announced that it will reduce payment terms for small, local and indigenous businesses in a bid to support its communities and regional economies during the Covid-19 pandemic.
A shift in production by Bacardi at the world’s largest premium rum distillery is helping supply ethanol required to produce the needed hand sanitisers that are in high demand as a result of COVID-19.
JOHN LEWIS & PARTNERS
John Lewis Partnership has announced new measures to help its shops meet the needs of customers during the coronavirus crisis, with a focus on prioritise elderly for first hour of trading and launch £1 million Community Support Fund.
FERRARI AND FIAT
Italian carmakers Ferrari and Fiat Chrysler are in talks with the nation’s biggest ventilator manufacturer to help to boost production of the life-saving machines that are urgently needed in the coronavirus crisis.
Online retail giant Amazon is stopping sellers from sending non-essential items to its UK and US warehouses until 5 April, to make space for vital items needed by its customers during the coronavirus outbreak.
In response to elderly shoppers who are particularly vulnerable to Covid-19 and may not be as able to stock up on goods, Iceland has announced that some stores will open one hour early.
French luxury goods group LVMH is to start producing hand sanitiser at three of its perfume and cosmetics factories for distribution to French hospitals fighting the country’s coronavirus outbreak.
Adobe, famous in the world for its Creative Cloud applications, launched a large-scale program at the request of a professor. The company announced its program, which provides free access from home for students to continue their education.
MARK CUBAN COMPANIES
Billionaire Mark Cuban announced on Twitter that he’s reimbursing all his employees who eat lunch at locally owned, independent restaurants amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Lush is opening its doors for passers-by to walk in and wash their hands for free as government advice flags better basic hygiene as a way to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.