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Overview

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. 

The key steps we took included:

    • 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.