Hundreds of employers have joined a global initiative to support people, clients and local communities through the coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis. Launched by former Cabinet Minister and LBS alumna Rt Hon Justine Greening and entrepreneur David Harrison, and working in conjunction with businesses across the UK, the C-19 Business Pledge aims to help mobilise corporate efforts towards tackling the pandemic.
The initiative has received the backing of employers representing over 2.4 million employees and students, including Nestlé UK & Ireland, BP, Everton Football Club, National Grid, DLA Piper and Severn Trent Water. It recognises the crucial role of business not only in helping tackle the immediate challenges of coronavirus, but also in helping to rebuild over the medium to long term.
Justine Greening said, “With the future of many employers hanging in the balance and incredibly tough times unfolding across all sectors, businesses face many incredibly difficult decisions. But those organisations who are able to, can have a huge role in battling the impact of coronavirus and make a real difference in these uniquely challenging times.
“In spite of everything, we are seeing a global response from hundreds of employers that have already shown amazing initiative and commitment to helping people affected by coronavirus. The C-19 Business Pledge is all about encouraging as many businesses and universities as possible to get involved and then helping them do that faster and better by sharing all the great work that’s already been done. The early response has been incredible and I’ll do everything I can to help to connect up business to play its role in this international effort.”