News Update/ Press Release
Corteva Agriscience partners with local governments and non-profit organizations to safeguard communities during the pandemic
New Delhi, 29 May 2021: Corteva Agriscience (NYSE: CTVA), the global agriculture company is collaborating with local governments and non-profit organizations (NGO) to fight against the pandemic. Keeping in line with its CSR goals to safeguard the community and to address urgent needs, Corteva is serving more than 2000 patients every day at 13 COVID care centers in Delhi, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Ranchi, Lucknow, Savli and other cities in India.
These COVID care centers are set up in hospitals in some locations; others are set up as dedicated quarantine / isolation centers equipped with oxygen facilitated beds, 24X7 doctor consultation, nursing staff and access to ambulance facilities.
Mr. Rahoul Sawani, President South Asia, Corteva Agriscience said – “With the severity of the second wave of COVID-19, we see an important role for us in supporting communities in overcoming challenges. The COVID care centers we have supported contribute to the ramping up of much needed holistic medical assistance capacity. As a company whose purpose is to enrich lives, we are fully committed to continue prioritizing the health and wellbeing of our employees, customers and the communities we serve.”
Corteva is committed to establish a 160 LPM oxygen plant in Morena district of Madhya Pradesh to supplement the rising need for emergency medical oxygen in the region.
The pandemic has magnified the already disrupted local, regional and national supply chains, adding to the impact of the country’s food waste problem. Corteva plans to alleviate the situation by supporting the health and nutrition needs of the local communities. The company, in collaboration with The Global FoodBanking Network (GFN), has pledged to match employee donations of up to US$25,000 to support Zomato Feeding India and No Food Waste India. This grant will help extend support to marginalized communities with nutritious food during these difficult times.
Since the onset of the pandemic, Corteva has been working with NGOs and government bodies to safeguard farmers as they continue to work in the fields to ensure a seamless supply chain. The company continues to provide PPE kits, food packets and medical facilities to the affected communities.
Corteva is also supporting employees and their families impacted by the virus. The company has set up a volunteer group of about 100 employees who have been trained to facilitate emergency procedures. These volunteers connect with affected employees and their families to help them secure hospital beds, oxygen cylinders etc. This helps in enhancing the effectiveness of the emergency response. To assist employees with the stress, and uncertainty of the pandemic, Corteva has enhanced physical and mental wellness programs. These include comprehensive health check-ups, reimbursements of medical tests, hospitalization and an upgraded health insurance coverage.
Through these varied initiatives, Corteva aims to support employees and communities as the country continues to battle COVID 19 and the diseases it causes.