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NAVIGATING COVID-19 TOGETHER

None of us has ever experienced a situation like the one we are in now. Everyone is affected, regardless of where we live and work, of our background or personal circumstances.

The health and safety of our employees, their families and all our partners are and will always be an absolute priority for our company. We are committed to doing our best to protect all our colleagues, whatever their working environment. 

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. 

Navigating COVID-19 together |  Message from Alessandro Dazza, Imerys CEO
Navigating COVID-19 together | Message from Alessandro Dazza, Imerys CEO

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Our response to Covid-19 : caring for our people, customers, partners and communities

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 people

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: 

  • Who is permitted to visit Imerys’ sites
  • How to deal with suspected or confirmed infections
  • Home and remote working for office-based employees
  • Personal Protective Equipment use and purchasing
  • Business travel guidelines

Our suppliers and partners

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:

  • For business-critical interactions, keep a distance of one or two meters and avoid physical contact; insist on recommended hygiene procedures and provide alcohol-based sanitizers; ask visitors to confirm in writing that they have not been to a high epidemic area in the previous two weeks.
  • Insist visitors wear masks, where available. Provide a dedicated waste container for the disposal of face masks.
  • Insist contractors working on premises for long periods have a body temperature check.
  • Anyone who has traveled to a high epidemic area or shows symptoms of infection must not enter Imerys’ sites. 
  • Postpone non-business-critical visits. 
  • Postpone non-business-critical work by contractors.

Our operations

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:

  • Ensuring adequate ventilation of rooms to reduce the multiplication of bacteria and viruses.
  • Maintaining and disinfecting air conditioning systems regularly.
  • Ensuring disinfection of surfaces. 
  • Facilities, canteens and toilets have to be cleaned regularly.
  • Providing a dedicated waste container for the disposal of used masks.
  • Displaying the posters describing the basic hygiene measures (at the entry point to the site, restrooms, canteen etc).

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.

Our communities 

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.

"We felt like we were together and united" 

Crystelle Zhou, Human Resources Director – Talent APAC based in Shanghai

Read the full testimonials from Crystelle and others Imerys employees

 

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6 April 2020 - Imerys acts to contain the impact of Covid-19 pandemic, through a contingency action plan on fixed costs and overheads, capital expenditures and working capital.

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