Unilever Indonesia has announced a number of steps that have been and will be taken to support the national effort to handle the pandemic Coronavirus-19 (COVID-19) disease. These steps include helping the lives and livelihoods of various parties, ranging from consumers, customers, communities, to all company employees.
Hemant Bakshi, President Director of PT Unilever Indonesia, Tbk said: "We are very concerned about the adverse effects of the COVID-19 virus on the lives of people in various parts of the world. We believe that all parties can play a role to help break the chain of transmission of this virus. " He said that Unilever Indonesia had actively provided support in various forms since the Covid-19 virus became pandemic.
"Today we announce our commitment to provide financial assistance and donations in the form of products worth a total of Rp50 billion that have been and will be distributed to the community through various partnership programs, including with health institutions, governments, and other organizations," he added.
Unilever believes all parties have a role to play in efforts to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic. Close collaboration between institutions is one important key in efforts to tackle the virus. Therefore, with the spirit of #MariBerbagiPeran, the assistance was manifested in the form of hand sanitizers, soap, food and beverage products, hme hygiene and care products, food packages for medical personnel, and PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) for medical personnel, all of which were well distributed independently and in partnership with a variety of trusted official institutions.
Some support that has been given by the company include the distribution of cleaning product packages for 100,000 mosques through the "Gerakan Masjid Bersih" in collaboration with the Indonesian Mosque Council (DMI), Pertamina, and Indah Logistik. The company also provides hand washing soap products for eight government-referred hospitals through its partnership with the Association of Indonesian Hospitals (PERSI).
Other efforts that have been made are supporting the "Gerakan Sekolah Bersih" and "Gerakan Bersih Lingkungan" by disinfecting schools and some public spaces, in collaboration with the Indonesian Ministry of Health and the Association of Indonesian Environmental Health Experts (HAKLI). In addition, the company will also continue to educate the public through public service announcements and digital campaigns about the importance of maintaining personal and home hygiene.
Furthermore, Unilever Indonesia has taken more stringent preventive steps to protect all of its employees and their families, such as the introduction of a Work-from-Home policy for office-based employees. Meanwhile, the company applies higher safety standards for factory and field employees so that consumers can continue to get the benefits of Unilever products.
At the beginning of this month (April), AXA Mandiri, the joint venture life insurance company between AXA and Bank Mandiri, was entrusted by the Ministry of State Owned Enterprises to provide life protection to over 35,000 (thirty five thousand) health workers, who are involved in providing medical assistance during the season of COVID-19 pandemic. The symbolic provision of this insurance was presented by the president director of Bank Mandiri Royke Tumilaar, to the General Chairperson of the Indonesian Doctors Association, in the presence of Minister of SOEs Erick Thohir, Deputy Minister of SOEs Kartika Wirjoatmodjo and Director of Compliance AXA Mandiri Rudy Kamdani. Commenting on this collaboration, Julien STEIMER, Country CEO of AXA and Commissioner of AXA Mandiri remarked that being actively involved in protecting medial frontliners, AXA and AXA Mandiri are committed to support the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country, so that this emergency situation can be brought under control and infected patients can recover more quickly.