Responding to COVID-19

Responding to COVID-19

Responding to COVID-19

Responding to COVID-19

In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic changed the world and tested multiple aspects of our business from operations and supply chain to health, safety and profitability. Its repercussions echoed around the world, leaving no one untouched in both business and at home. While the pandemic itself is not a sustainability topic, our approach to it is. Our fast and thorough response reflects “Commitment” and “Care,” two of the core values of the “5Cs” of our culture. Ensuring the safety and well-being of our employees, their families and the communities in which we operate was our first priority followed by adjusting our business to remain a reliable supplier to our customers in essential industries. We did both well. 

Keeping Our Employees Healthy and Safe

Keeping Our Employees Healthy and Safe

We developed and continue to implement company-wide COVID-19 health and safety practices, that in most cases, go well beyond regional and national government requirements. These include health screening, workspace cleaning guidelines, staggered work schedules, marked walking paths and manufacturing floors to enhance physical distancing and facilitating remote work where appropriate. Working as a cohesive team, we have also distributed personal protective equipment (PPE), enhanced sanitation, restricted business travel, implemented contact tracing and provided flexible working conditions in an aggressively short timeframe. We changed our paid time off and short term disability policies to accommodate for those infected or exposed to COVID-19 and allowed for extension of carry-over days to take into consideration the inability of our employees to take holidays due to travel restrictions and lockdowns. We ensured that potentially exposed or unwell people did not come to our facilities. Thanks to our broad efforts, we believe we have had zero cases of COVID-19 spread through our sites in 2020.

Business Continuity

Like most companies, COVID-19 tested our ability to quickly respond to business and supply chain disruption. Our business supports essential industries, including electronics for life-critical medical devices and packaging for food and other essential sundries. As a result, we had to operate with a robust worldwide business continuity plan across multiple scenarios to keep our business functioning and our employees safe. We relied on our extensive, pre-existing business disruption response mechanisms to swiftly act. These efforts, among others, allowed us to easily adapt to remote work and shift our business and supply chain strategies to prevent interruptions for our customers.

Employee Engagement During COVID-19

Employee Engagement During COVID-19

Despite COVID-19 challenges, we continued to find ways to engage our employees throughout 2020. We expanded our e-learning capabilities and launched trainings on professional skills and health and wellness.  We also conducted a global facemask contest, injecting a bit of levity and team building into a tough year. The winning designs were produced and distributed for use throughout the company.

Working together in these challenging times empowered us and created an even more collaborative working environment that kept people safe. Recognizing it was employee responsiveness and support that allowed Element Solutions to navigate the COVID-19 crisis, our management dedicated the 2020 ‘Winner’s Circle Award’ to all our 4,500+ employees.