The COVID-19 pandemic took the world by surprise, bringing consequences far beyond threats to physical health. As humanity worked to flatten the curve, millions experienced the social impact of the lockdown measures and the importance of human contact and community became more apparent than ever. These months have shed light on the fact that, at Corbion, we have a wonderful family, built on a strong culture. We now know firsthand that when faced with difficulty, our values see us through.
Our colleagues in Brazil felt supported in their efforts to stay fit while at home through videos posted to their Yammer channel. The Human Resources team developed an online daily exercise program led by a physical education teacher, an idea conceived by Karla Leite, Senior HR Manager to help employees take care of their physical and mental health. Valéria Guimarães, HR Manager in Corbion Araucária, joined the training from home, sometimes joined by family members. "During one workout session at my home gym, I set a record: 16 burpees in 1 minute!"
With millions out of work in the U.S. because of COVID-19 business disruptions, Corbion employees in Lenexa and Grandview stepped up to help neighbors in need, holding a virtual food drive that raised more than $10,000 in personal donations for an area food bank over the course of two weeks. With the company’s matching donations, the team was able to provide 60,000 meals for Kansas City families, many of whom were experiencing food insecurity for the first time. The effort helped members of the Corbion team realize the power they have to make a positive difference in the world, even in the face of a global pandemic.