COVID-19

What We've Learned One Year Into the Global Pandemic

Leadership Perspectives on Building a Resilient Business, Adapting to Client Needs and Prioritizing Employee Wellbeing
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Like many firms in the Engineering and Consulting Industry, 2020 proved to be a challenging business environment for us. Employees were forced to work from home, much of our routine work was put on hold or delayed, and clients quickly required a new set of services to help them navigate COVID-19-related business challenges. A year into the global pandemic, we asked executive leadership to reflect on what we’ve learned and how we’ve managed to weather the storm, while also providing a glimpse of what’s in store for the future.

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International Medical Corps and FedEx Team-Up to Support COVID-19 Vaccination Efforts in California

Guest blog courtesy of Jo-Ann Santos Alarcon, Resource Development Officer, Special Projects at International Medical Corps
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International Medical Corps launched its COVID-19 vaccination activities in Los Angeles during the first week of March at Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital (MLKCH) and Kedren Community Health Center (KCHC). Thanks to generous support from FedEx, International Medical Corps deployed emergency medical field units to both health facilities to increase their capacity to efficiently and effectively administer COVID-19 vaccinations to residents of South Los Angeles—one of the most vulnerable populations in the LA County.

A Conversation With Julie Kim and Rajeev Venkayya Reflecting on an Extraordinary Year

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2020 was an extraordinary year – unlike most of us have ever seen before. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us have faced both professional and personal challenges in adapting to our new reality. We’re looking beyond the science with two of Takeda’s leaders, Julie Kim, President of the Plasma-Derived Therapies Business Unit, and Rajeev Venkayya, President of the Vaccine Business Unit, to explore how Takeda adapted to this new normal while continuing to deliver for patients.

Rockwell Automation Donates Arena® Simulation Software to Support COVID-19 Vaccination Efforts

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MILWAUKEE, March 15, 2021 /3BL Media/ – Rockwell Automation today announced that it is donating its Arena® Simulation Software to nonprofit organizations, governmental organizations, and public health partners to plan COVID-19 vaccination clinics in their communities. The software can be used to monitor patient flow, staffing, shift changes, and maintenance of social distancing guidance for patients in queue.

New York and IBM Begin COVID-19 Digital Health Pass Pilot

By Steve LaFleche, General Manager, IBM Public and Federal Market
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For the last several months, the preeminent puzzle for humanity has been figuring out how to emerge from the pandemic and responsibly return to a new version of business-as-usual. Absent any single quick fix, people around the world have relied on ingenuity and innovation to light a path forward.

Providing 'a Ramp Back to Success' for Small Businesses

The nonprofit MoFi is providing working captial to small businesses through its new Thrive loan program
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At the age of 34, Brian Menges had achieved his life dream of owning a restaurant, 2nd Street Bistro, in Livingston, Montana. Business was good over the years for Menges, who now owns the restaurant group Slainte Mhath Inc., which also includes The Murray Bar, Gil’s Goods, and a commercial kitchen.

Brazil in the Pandemic: Learning From Corporate Social Investment and Shared Governance

By Patricia Loyola, Management and Corporate Social Investment Director, Comunitas, Brazil
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Brazil and the world were deeply challenged by the COVID-19 pandemic. Last year, Brazil had faced an unprecedented sanitary global crisis that widened the social and economic gap, which presented unique opportunities for innovation.  

The urgency and gravity of the situation motivated all sectors of the economy to act in a systemic and integrated way, according to their potential. The Brazilian corporate response was focused mainly on strengthening income generation of the most vulnerable families and supporting public health.

Abbott Announces Its Pandemic Defense Coalition: A Global Network of Expert Collaborators Designed to Help Prevent Future Pandemics, Currently Searching for COVID-19 Variants

Summary: 
  • The Abbott Pandemic Defense Coalition is a first-of-its-kind global scientific network dedicated to the early detection of, and rapid response to, future pandemic threats
  • The coalition builds on Abbott's decades of leadership in virus surveillance and helps to analyze virus samples for unknown diseases and detect mutations and variants including for COVID-19
  • Abbott is bringing together global collaborators specializing in identification of unknown diseases, surveillance, virus sample collection, testing and sequencing
  • Abbott will rapidly develop tests that can be used to help identify, isolate and contain outbreaks when potential new virus threats are identified
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  • The Abbott Pandemic Defense Coalition is a first-of-its-kind global scientific network dedicated to the early detection of, and rapid response to, future pandemic threats
  • The coalition builds on Abbott's decades of leadership in virus surveillance and helps to analyze virus samples for unknown diseases and detect mutations and variants including for COVID-19
  • Abbott is bringing together global collaborators specializing in identification of unknown diseases, surveillance, virus sample collection, testing and sequencing
  • Abbott will rapidly develop tests that can be used to help identify, isolate and contain outbreaks when potential new virus threats are identified

Bridgestone Americas Announces $100 Vaccine Support Payment for U.S. Employees

Summary: 
  • Payment will be available to the company’s more than 33,000 U.S. employees.
  • Bridgestone is providing the $100 support payment to remove barriers for employees who choose to get the vaccine, such as missing work, child care, transportation costs, or other potential obstacles.
  • The company is also exploring options to offer comparable programs to employees in Canada and Latin America.

 

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  • Payment will be available to the company’s more than 33,000 U.S. employees.
  • Bridgestone is providing the $100 support payment to remove barriers for employees who choose to get the vaccine, such as missing work, child care, transportation costs, or other potential obstacles.
  • The company is also exploring options to offer comparable programs to employees in Canada and Latin America.

 

TD Accelerated Its Efforts and Broadened Its Positive Impact in a Year of Significant Change and Disruption

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In a world disrupted by COVID-19, TD directly contributed to positive change and societal progress to help promote a better, more sustainable and inclusive tomorrow. 

TD's 2020 Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Report, Adapting with Purpose, outlines how the Bank accelerated its efforts, elevated its contributions and enhanced its oversight and measurement of ESG practices.

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