Imerys supplies products that are used by the pharmaceutical industry for medicines and medical supplies, such as gloves for healthcare practitioners, rubber for medicine caps and injection solutions, by the food industry and by many other industries which support communities in their everyday's life.
Our dedication to acting responsibly will continue to guide all our decisions and we remain committed to reducing the impact of the spread of the virus in the world. Let's continue to watch out for each other and stay safe.
5 questions to Cyril Giraud, our Senior Vice President of the Performance Minerals APAC Business Area and a member of Imerys Executive Committee.
5 questions to Philippe Bourg, our Senior Vice President of Refractory, Abrasives & Construction Business Area and member of the Imerys’ Executive Committee.
Since the beginning of the outbreak, Imerys has been focused on ensuring the safety of its employees and partners while maintaining business continuity.
As an industrial company providing raw materials to industries whose work is crucial at this time, such as blood filtration, packaging, agriculture, transportation, animal feed and energy storage, keeping our sites running with minimal interruption is key to supporting the economies of the countries in which we operate.
At the same time, we are mindful that local and national regulations around the opening or closure of sites vary from one country to another. We continue to monitor the situation, day after day, country by country, and follow the advice of the relevant national health authorities.
Given the very volatile situation, we are also in regular contact with our suppliers and key customers.
Imerys has established a Crisis Management Team to handle this unprecedented situation and has set up a strict monitoring process under the supervision of the Executive Committee. Local management teams are every day adapting their activities depending on the guidelines of the Crisis Managements Team. Through our extensive presence in China, we learned a great deal on the seriousness of the epidemic and about the necessary measures to contain it.
Imerys expects the coronavirus outbreak to cause a drop in activity; the Group is taking all measures to preserve profitability, liquidity and a solid financial structure.
Our first priority will always remain the safety and health of our people.
With this in mind, all employees who can are working from home for the foreseeable future.
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Our people involved in, or supporting critical operations continue to work at their workplace and we have processes in place to help protect them. We have set up our own Covid-19 specific protocol, compliant with international and national authorities. This Protocol outlines recommendations for the management and control of the specific Covid-19 epidemic within all our operations, technology centers and offices.
The Protocol includes information on:
The safety of our suppliers and partners is equally our priority. We want our sites to be safe places for people to work. In this context, we ask all those on our sites - employees, partners and suppliers - to apply the advice on hygienic best practices that are vital for the continued health and safety of all:
At every operating site, we have robust business continuity plans in place to make sure we can continue to provide the minerals our customers need. We have implemented serious hygiene measures to respect the local health authorities’ regulations such as:
The spread of the Covid-19 outbreak is expected to cause a drop in activity, potentially resulting in temporary plant shutdowns due to a decline in demand in certain end markets (automotive, iron & steel, construction), legal containment measures ordered by local authorities and/or supply and logistical difficulties.
All of us are impacted by the global spread of Covid-19 in some way. Imerys stands ready to help the communities where our people live and our businesses operate.
We want to express our immense gratitude, especially to caregivers of sick people and are looking at the best possible way to support local medical workers and hospitals through donations.
We will continue to focus on keeping people around the world safe and healthy. We will provide regular updates on our actions to our employees and customers as the situation develops.
Crystelle Zhou, Human Resources Director – Talent APAC based in Shanghai
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