Paradigm for Parity® Coalition Companies Step Up During the COVID-19 Crisis

COVID-19 will forever change the way Americans live, work and spend. The nation continues to cope with the health, social and economic impact of the virus and is looking forward to continued progress in reopening the economy. Here are ways that our Paradigm for Parity® coalition companies have responded to the evolving needs of their employees and communities amid the pandemic.

Anaplan is offering free access to the company’s Connected Planning platform to help non-profits, government agencies, health care providers, pharmaceutical companies, and academic institutions manage business disruption and accelerate their COVID-19 crisis response.

Bank of America joined Khan Academy for “Daily Homeroom” to discuss the bank’s support of employees, clients and communities, and provide advice on making smart financial decisions and taking different approaches to leadership. Additionally, the bank’s Head of Global Benefits, Carmilla Tan, provided advice for parents in her Thrive Global blog titled, “We’re In This Together.” Tips and Tricks for Juggling Working and Parenting From Home.

Berdéo Group LLC hosted a pro-bono virtual series on how to stay centered, connected, and creative during this time. Laura Berger, Founder of Berdéo Group, penned an article for Forbes titled: Five Reasons To Use Improv To Increase Productivity And Create Connection In A Virtual Environment. They’ve also shared resources on their website, such as How to Use Emotional Intelligence to Work From Home.

CVS Health is supporting the wellbeing and safety of employees, consumers and the communities it serves. This includes increasing access to medicine, virtual care and testing thousands for the virus every day. They have also been sharing public health information with at-risk populations and expanding mental health services to support the most significantly impacted groups.

Diageo North America committed more than $4.5 million to support the bar and restaurant community, deployed field employees to help the United States Bartenders’ Guild process financial assistance applications, and donated two million liters of alcohol to manufacturing partners to enable the creation of more than eight million bottles of hand sanitizer.

Duke Realty has modified its internal communications platforms so that associates still have convenient access to critical information, created video messages from their CEO and have held touchpoints with their associates. Associate touchpoints have included yoga videos, social distancing BINGO, and face mask making videos.

Hunter International, a national STEM-focused staffing agency, has created never-before-seen terms for employers who are recruiting, including cost savings, flexible payment options, 24-hour response time for open roles and an on-demand recruitment team.

Lafayette 148 is working with NYCEDC, Brooklyn Navy Yards and Crye Precision to manufacture medical gowns. The company has also contributed 20% of its sales to the Brooklyn Hospital for their COVID-19 Fund.

Newmont announced that the company has established a $20 million fund to help communities, governments and employees combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, to help keep the company connected, Newmont’s employees documented their shared experiences to inspire, encourage and support each other, showing they are #TogetherWhileApart.

NFP reintroduced well-being resources to support employees and their families after transitioning nearly its entire workforce to a work from home environment. Additionally the company launched a web page that serves as a hub for content — with webinars, FAQs, videos, articles, podcasts and white papers created by NFP experts from across business lines — designed to support its clients as they respond to COVID-19.

RGP created a new business continuity microsite to provide guidance and resources during this time. The site also includes a “Virtually Yours’’ section with personal messages from leaders in the company. Recently, the company also posted a piece about ways to become more resilient in everyday life.

Sodexo has provided a variety of support for employees during the pandemic, including pop-up grocery stores at senior living communities and a job placement center with access to temporary roles through such partners as Amazon, Kroger, and PespiCo. The company keeps in touch with displaced employees via text and connects online with members of its employee resource groups to share timely advice and helpful programs. Sodexo has donated food and meals to first responders, shelters, food banks and others in need and hosts client webinars to share its expertise in food safety, health and wellness and workplace design in preparation for reopening.

Stanley Black & Decker power tool batteries are powering newly developed respirators for first responders designed by 3M, made by Ford, and powered by SBD/DEWALT batteries. The company also announced a $10+ million comprehensive COVID-19 philanthropic program to help its communities and employees around the world combat the effects of the pandemic.

Trane Technologies has been delivering critical services for healthcare settings and refrigerated transport for food and medicine, while protecting the health and safety of their people, customers and partners. As communities prepare to reopen, the company is helping its customers build a healthier, more sustainable and resilient future through indoor air quality and energy efficiency in buildings where people work and play. Trane Technologies is also uplifting lives through its charitable foundation and its Helping Hand Fund, which assists employees around the world dealing with unexpected financial hardships. Additionally, through its partnership and financial support for Feeding America, the company has mobilized food delivery and pop-up pantries to help thousands of people in need.

We applaud these P4P companies and others who have stepped up with innovative and inspiring initiatives to support their workforces and a nation in crisis.

The Paradigm for Parity® movement is a coalition of business leaders dedicated to addressing the leadership gender gap in corporate America.