Nestlé expands global response to Covid-19, joins forces with the IFRC

Nestlé AG has been working since beginning of the Covid-19 crisis to provide local relief efforts in the communities around the globe where the multinational company operates. Nestlé has offered support to charities, medical institutions and other organisations, and has worked closely with physicians to develop new tailored Covid-19 medical nutrition and supplement treatment protocols.

Nestlé also donated to food banks and food delivery organisations to support people in need as well as its business partners throughout its supply chains.

Building on these humanitarian efforts, Nestlé announced that it is joining forces with the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in response to its emergency appeal.

The IFRC is a strong and trusted global partner of Nestlé, with unmatched presence and expertise in providing first aid, emergency response and epidemic control. As part of the emergency response, the IFRC is providing immediate help to strengthen health care systems, where the need is greatest. Nestlé and IFRC will work together in four ways to provide urgent help for emergency services and caregivers and strengthen healthcare systems. Together, Nestlé and IFRC will:

  • Donate food, medical nutrition products and bottled water to bring relief to those most affected by the pandemic.
  • Deploy available logistics capacities from our out-of-home business to support the needs of the IFRC in various countries.
  • Donate CHF 10 million (USD $10.4 million) for immediate deployment in countries where it is most needed.
  • Match 1:1 any donations to the Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies or Federation made by our employees.

“Now is the time to demonstrate the values of the Nestlé family. I am deeply impressed and humbled by what our team has accomplished in order to support individuals and communities affected by this crisis. The Covid-19 pandemic is a global problem and consequently we are offering help on the ground everywhere, drawing on our extensive presence and experience in 187 countries,” said Mark Schneider, CEO of Nestlé AG.

“In addition, we give our full support to those who are fighting tirelessly against the spread of the virus, every day. This is where our trusted and longstanding partnership with the IFRC comes in. We applaud the relentless efforts of the millions of Red Cross and Red Crescent volunteers and admire their determination to make a difference on the ground.”

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