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Corbion's response to COVID-19: Asia

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen our colleagues respond to challenges creatively, finding ways to gather safely, share experiences virtually, and support each other and our communities in difficult and stressful times. All of our work lives look different. Our cameras are switched on in online meetings. Employees in our plants and labs go beyond their usual duties to help colleagues. When someone recognizes a need, they take responsibility for seeing that need met, demonstrating courage, commitment, and caring.

The canteen at our Rayong site took steps to create safer conditions for our employees during COVID-19 by limiting service to employees only. But getting through a tough, planned two-week outage required the help of many contractors, so the canteen vendor prepared approximately 2,000 meal boxes and provided them free of charge each day to make sure our contractors were healthy, happy, and well-fed.

In view of alcohol shortages (and skyrocketing market prices), our labs in Rayong took the initiative to produce and supply hand gel for the entire site. Community Relations Officer K. Chalisa Pookang saw an opportunity to extend that support to people in local villages who were interested in making the gel themselves. K. Chananchida Khommuangpak, Senior Lab Analyst, prepared ingredients for locals weekly, and a training clip created by Corbion was uploaded to the community’s Facebook page.