Heineken announces response to pandemic

Wednesday, Apr 08, 2020 19:15

A factory of Heineken in Viet Nam. — Photo courtesy of Heineken

Dutch brewer Heineken on Wednesday announced it has taken measures to support the health and livelihood of employees and communities amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The company has donated 15 million euros (US$16.33 million) to support the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) relief efforts for the most vulnerable people affected by COVID-19, in particular in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

“For over 100 years, the Red Cross has worked tirelessly to save lives around the world. Now more than ever, we want to offer them our support in the work they do to help the most vulnerable beat COVID-19,” said Jean-François van Boxmeer, Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO.

Boxmeer said Heineken would work to support the health and safety of its employees and customers. It will focus efforts on helping its suppliers, especially its most vulnerable small and medium-sized suppliers through early payments.

The company is also deploying local initiatives across its global operations to support those on the frontline of the COVID-19 fight. These include the donation of water and non-alcoholic beverages, the production of hand sanitisers and monetary contributions to medical facilities.

“Our thoughts are with all those affected by COVID-19 and the people working tirelessly to care for them,” added Boxmeer.

In Viet Nam, Heineken Vietnam has donated VND10 billion ($425,000) to the Viet Nam Fatherland Front Central Committee to support the country’s COVID-19 battle. — VNS

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