Supporting and protecting our neighbors is part of our Lubrizol corporate philosophy. In this COVID-19 environment, we’ve been actively supporting our communities as part of our mission to improve lives. We expect to contribute more than $2 million to support needs during this crisis. These represent a few of our many efforts globally.
Lubrizol together with NIKE, Inc is helping protect frontline medical workers fighting against COVID-19. To support Nike’s efforts to develop and donate full-face shields and powered, air-purifying respirator (PAPR) lenses to hospitals across several U.S. cities, Lubrizol donated ESTANE® thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) polymers, an important element in both pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE).
With Lubrizol’s support, Nike has shipped full-face shields and PAPR lenses to health systems in Oregon, where Nike is headquartered, and several other U.S. cities, including Cleveland, where Lubrizol’s world headquarters sit.
Lubrizol employees in China mobilized quickly to try slow the spread of the virus in February, purchasing and donating more than $325,000 worth of critical supplies, including 19,000 bottles of hand sanitizer and sanitizing spray, 5,000 protective medical gowns and 48,000 IV infusion sets for local hospitals and charitable organizations.
Lubrizol is making monetary or food donations to food banks in all areas where it has significant manufacturing operations, ensuring those who need it have access to food. This includes a $30,000 contribution to The Greater Cleveland Food bank, and a $10,000 donation to Cleveland’s MetroHealth Foundation’s Helping Hand Fund to support immediate emergency requests for food, over-the-counter medication, household cleaning supplies and needed hygiene products.
For employees in the U.S., we’ve established a matching gift program for all contributions to the Red Cross, as an extension of our regular matching gifts efforts. The Lubrizol Foundation will match employee contributions, dollar for dollar, up to $1,000. Employees in Singapore also donated more than $7,000 to the Singapore Red Cross to Support COVID-19 needs.
Teams in France donated coveralls, shoe covers, protective glasses and masks to the Rouen University Hospital, the Centre Hospital of Rouvray, the CHI of Elbeuf and the Henri Becquerel Centre, among other organizations. With frequent hand washing, moisturizing is also needed to protect our hands in this environment. Our teams in Spain donated hand cream to local hospitals to help with this need, while our Hamilton, Montana site donated disposable medical masks to Marcus Daly Hospital in Hamilton.