Unilever CEO halts employee travel and movements between sites

Unilever and Bubs Australia are among the FMCG giants that have unveiled global measures to protect employees and their families amidst the Coronavirus outbreak worldwide.

Unilever CEO Alan Jope said that it is clear how Coronavirus is rapidly increasing since it was declared as pandemic by the World Health Organization.

“This week’s message from the World Health Organization was unequivocal – that humanity’s success in tackling Coronavirus effectively is heavily dependent on the actions that organisations take over the next few days to help slow down its spread and avoid overloading health care systems,” said Jope in a statement.

“As you know, since the initial outbreak in China, we have put in place measures to help minimise the risk from Coronavirus to our employees and their families. Our approach has been one of abundant caution, and the speed of response and collective responsibility I have seen across Unilever has been truly heroic. Not only in China and Italy, where we have been most impacted, but in many other parts of the company too. Thank you for your professionalism and commitment.”

Unilever has advised its staff to stop travelling; to stop working from any Unilever site other than their principal location; not to enter a Unilever site if the worker is suffering from cold or flu-like symptoms; not to invite any visitors onto a Unilever site without approval from the site leader and has cancelled meetings, conferences or events with more than 20 people.

Jope advised Unilever staff to self-isolate for 14 days if they have any cold or flu-like symptoms or have returned from another country; to apply hand sanitiser upon entering a Unilever site; to undergo thermal testing upon arrival at any Unilever site; use non-physical greetings (no shaking hands) and practice social distancing.

“We are also applying additional measures which vary based on whether you have an office-based role, work in a sourcing unit, or are one of our field sales or retail staff,” said Jope.

Its office-based employees working globally were told to work from home, except for those based in China who are now allowed to return to the office.

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