The key steps we took included:
GRI 403-4, 403-8; SASB RT-CH-320a.1; SASB RT-CH-320a.2
At the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, we made protecting the health and well-being of our employees our top priority. We relied on our safety culture and a wide range of precautionary measures put in place across our network to limit potential exposure to the virus at our locations and enable continued safe distribution of products to customers.
- Recognizing our frontline essential manufacturing and distribution facilities employees - who were required to be onsite to ensure our critical facilities continued to operate safely - with a special monthly bonus from March through June.
- Implementing a wide range of precautionary measures, such as temperature screening, limiting visitor access, control room plexiglass partitions, seating/standing arrangements that enforced social distancing, and reduced shared paperwork for truck drivers, vendors and personnel in control rooms.
- Ensuring non-salaried employees would be paid for any time they had to spend self-quarantining at home because of exposure to COVID-19.
- Implementing Company-wide contact tracing.
- Transitioning office-based staff to remote work arrangements.
- Communicating and engaging with employees through virtual town hall meetings.
- Covering 100% of costs for in-network providers for COVID-19 diagnosis, testing and treatment, and providing additional support for work-life issues.
- No furloughs or reductions in staff due to the pandemic.
We also implemented a number of measures during large maintenance activities that involved many contractors at our locations. These included many of the measures listed above, as well as requiring negative COVID-19 tests by contractors prior to the start of the activity and electronic tracking while onsite to facilitate contact tracing.
As a result, there has been no known spread of the virus at the Company’s locations. In addition, positive COVID-19 tests among our employee population have not affected the Company’s ability to maintain safe staffing levels and operations have not been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.