Cargill supports Vietnam's fight against COVID-19

May 18, 2020 | 17:50
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US-backed Cargill is working with governments and nonprofit partners around the globe to help address food security, health safety needs, and challenges from COVID-19. In this challenging time, Cargill puts people first and provides the ingredients, feed, and food that nourish people and animals.

In Vietnam, Cargill is providing financial support to the government through its Cargill Cares Council with the value of more than VND1.5 billion ($65,220). Sources of the support include Cargill Cares Council’s annual fund for natural disaster relief, contribution from employees, and a matching fund from Cargill businesses operating in Vietnam. The fund was transferred to the Vietnam Fatherland Front which is assigned by the government to manage its COVID-19 relief fund.

cargill supports vietnams fight against covid 19
Cargill has been supporting Vietnam in purchasing medical equipment and supplies against COVID-19

The company’s preliminary COVID-19 support worth VND600 million ($26,090) was handed over to the Vietnam Fatherland Front on April 13 to support government procurement of medical equipment and treatment of COVID-19 patients.

As the situation continued to evolve in Vietnam and there was a high need to support frontline doctors and nurses with safety equipment, medical tools, and supplies to safely administer care and slow the spread of coronavirus in the long term, Cargill Vietnam employees and businesses continued to send an additional financial support of nearly VND924.5 million (nearly $40,200) on May 14.

In doing this, Cargill is strongly demonstrating its corporate responsibilities in Vietnam when the country is in need of individuals and businesses joining forces to fight the common battle against COVID-19.

“At Cargill, it is our purpose to nourish the world and all our employees in Vietnam are doing their best to ensure our customers and farmers can get the feed they need for the animals they are raising. This is important to keep our food systems running to serve people in this critical time. This is also the time to extend our care to the community as we believe collective efforts will help save lives. Our appreciation to the Vietnamese government, medical squads, and all Vietnamese people for your extraordinary efforts in controlling COVID-19 and helping businesses like Cargill protect our people and business”, said Luan Nguyen, Cargill Vietnam country president.

These local activities are part of Cargill’s global effort to work with nonprofit and NGO partners to help address food security, health, and safety needs and agriculture and food industry challenges due to the spread of COVID-19. By today, Cargill has committed $35 million for COVID-19 relief and recovery to help address food security and emergency medical response for vulnerable children and families, and support agricultural producers and food industry workers. Cargill has also donated more than three million pounds of food to food shelves and hunger relief organisations in local communities where its employees live and work.

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