When a crisis situation hits, it tests you. It somehow bonds you - to your colleagues, your neighbour, your friends and family in other locations, the frontline workers you never met. There is a commonality to the challenge of what can we do to help. Nothing could be more true of the experience of what it was like to live and work through such a crisis as the COVID-19 pandemic. To be fighting fires as they spring up and deal with whatever situation was brought to you with the combined attitude of doing all you could to try and make it better.
Now, as the situation ebbs from acute crisis management to the new reality, and we move from “resilience” to “return to work”, I always think it is important to take a moment and reflect on what we have learned so far.
The power of collaboration
During this time, the entire world has come together, ignoring the typical barriers that normally divide us. We are grateful for the best minds looking for solutions, innovating and selflessly helping and giving. At Dow, our work has been focused on supporting the heroes who are risking their lives to treat the sick, and we are indebted to them and their efforts.
As a manufacturer of the raw materials behind personal protective equipment, hand sanitizer, disinfectants, IV bags, food ingredients and packaging, we understand our responsibility to support the people and supply chains that are vital to containing COVID-19 and maintaining our collective well-being. Over the past few months we have been part of many stories of solidarity and we are extremely proud of our partners, our customers and our teams for their work done and personal energy committed.
"How can we help?" is the most powerful question
It’s March 2020 and hospitals across Spain struggle to protect their workers. News outlets report unconventional solutions for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) at local hospitals, such as plastic garbage bags for gowns and plastic water bottle cutouts for eye protection. This shortage of PPE leaves not only doctors and nurses, but also other essential workers such as paramedics, ambulance drivers and cleaning staff vulnerable in the midst of the pandemic. In the face of all this, Plasbel and Plastigaur, two Dow partners in Spain, ask the question “How can we help?”. They independently led projects, with the help of product donation from Dow, so both companies were able to produce and distribute over 100,000 body protective coverings for essential workers across Spain.