CORNWALL – As the coronavirus outbreak has greatly impacted our society and posed major challenges, it has also created opportunities for Canadian businesses, leaders and individuals to step up and support the community during these difficult times.
As part of the “Helping Hands” aid campaign, BASF is involved in fighting against the spread of COVID-19 with numerous actions and contributions in the city of Cornwall. In that regard, the company has donated hand soaps, sanitizer, disinfectant, N95 masks, gloves and goggles to the Cornwall community health care facilities.
“Since the COVID-19 crisis started, we have been continuously working on identifying all the areas where BASF could positively contribute to our communities in Canada” says Diana Rourke, BASF’s Cornwall Site Director. “In Cornwall, we are putting all our efforts into supporting those who are particularly in need: healthcare facilities and essential service professionals. I am very proud of all the employees who work at our site for rallying around this cause to make an impact and assist the Cornwall super heroes who keep us all safe and healthy”.
Classified as an essential chemical manufacturer, BASF’s Cornwall site has continued to operate and supplied the food, medical and construction industries.
At a national level, with the goal of helping overcome current and future bottlenecks for hand sanitizer, BASF has started production of hand sanitizers at its Windsor site, in Ontario. This safe and high-quality sanitizing product is being donated to hospitals, care facilities and other institutions in areas of high need, identified in collaboration with the provincial governments of Quebec, Ontario and Alberta.
Moreover, BASF joined COVID-19 hunger relief efforts with a donation of over $64,000 to Food Banks Canada. The company’s employees participated in a virtual food drive in March and April to support the 3,000+ food banks and community agencies across Canada. The contribution will support food purchasing, distribution and resourcing within food banks across the country helping ensure the Canadians have the support they need during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Globally, BASF Group currently supplies around 175,000 liters of hand sanitizer weekly free of charge and has recently donated over 100 million protective masks.
BASF Canada, headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, has over 1,200 employees at production facilities and offices located across Canada. BASF Canada is a subsidiary of BASF SE, and an affiliate of BASF Corporation. To find out more about BASF’s activities in Canada, visit www.basf.com/ca or follow us on Twitter www.twitter.com/basfcanada.
At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. More than 117,000 employees in the BASF Group work on contributing to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. Our portfolio is organized into six segments: Chemicals, Materials, Industrial Solutions, Surface Technologies, Nutrition & Care and Agricultural Solutions. BASF generated sales of €59 billion in 2019. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchange in Frankfurt (BAS) and as American Depositary Receipts (BASFY) in the U.S. Further information at www.basf.com.