Updated: March 16, 2020
At DuPont, we have been closely monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic as it continues to spread across the world, and taking steps to keep our employees, customers and communities in which we operate informed as the health crisis unfolds.
The health and safety of our employees is our highest priority. We have corporate, regional and local crisis management teams in place actively monitoring, preparing and managing our COVID-19 response around the clock. We are implementing our safety plans and protocols based on World Health Organization (WHO) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines and recommendations to help prevent the spread of the virus.
As cases expand globally, we've updated travel restrictions, and are providing new guidance to ensure we continue to serve our customers’ needs while practicing safe and healthy measures to contain and mitigate the spread of infection at our sites and offices. In that regard, we have taken several strong actions, including:
Additionally, we are proud that the DuPont Safety business is working tirelessly to help those directly impacted by the virus including healthcare workers and first responders on the front line. Thousands of DuPont employees are working around the clock in all parts of the world to increase capacity of protective garments during this time of high demand. Our Tyvek® manufacturing operations run 24 hours a day and the nine global manufacturing facilities that produce garments are also working overtime to increase capacity. We have an experienced global manufacturing network that is fully activated and prioritizing the needs of healthcare workers in the most impacted regions combatting the Coronavirus.
Our focused and capable teams continue to address this global health crisis, and we are prepared to navigate through these challenging circumstances with our Core Values (Safety & Health, Respect for People, Protecting the Planet, Highest Ethical Behavior) at the forefront of everything we do.
Video: DuPont works overtime to make protective gear for health care workers (CNBC)
CNBC's Seema Mody reports that American manufacturer DuPont is ramping up production to meet demand for protective coverings for health care workers.