Caring for our people, ensuring business continuity
EuroChem COVID-19 Response
At EuroChem, we care. Our priority during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is to look after our employees and to ensure we continue to meet the needs of our customers and business partners – our suppliers, distributors and others who work with us.
We are following the advice of health authorities wherever we operate. We will issue updates via this webpage and through our social media channels on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. If you have any customer-related questions, concerns or ideas, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with your EuroChem representative.
2 April 2020
The outlook during this pandemic remains fast-moving and uncertain. All of us here at EuroChem are concerned with the safety and well-being of our families, our colleagues, our business partners and customers.
While we have one confirmed case of coronavirus (Covid-19) in our workforce so far, we know that there may be more in the coming weeks. This person is receiving the required medical attention, and we will do everything in our power to ensure further cases are also dealt with in the correct manner. Our thoughts are with everyone who has been personally affected already, and with all those whose lives have been changed as authorities impose tough restrictions to slow the spread of the virus.
We have business continuity plans that we continue to run through and we are currently not experiencing any significant disruption, thanks to the efforts of our more than 28,000 employees worldwide.
More than 4,000 of our office staff are now working remotely. And we continue to take all necessary measures to protect workers in our production facilities. We are conducting full-site sanitation, monitoring colleagues’ health as thoroughly as possible, and are taking steps to source gloves, masks and other protection equipment as required.
We are aware that the virus is spreading slowly in some territories and more quickly in others. We are closely following the advice of healthcare authorities wherever we operate and are taking all recommended precautions, making sure we have a coordinated, timely, and well-organized response.
At a difficult time like this, our engagement with the local communities where we operate is more important than ever. We are in discussions with community authorities to understand how we can best help and are responding as appropriate to meet local needs.
It is clear that difficult times lie ahead as the world tackles this pandemic. EuroChem is committed to ensuring the health, safety and well-being of our employees and to supporting local communities, including through the provision of social infrastructure and healthcare facilities. This is our top priority as we work to maintain business continuity in order to meet the needs of our customers and fulfil our vital role in the food chain and ensure the world will get the food it needs.
25 March 2020
The pandemic presents our industry with a challenge. At EuroChem, our priority is to ensure our employees’ health and safety. We comply with the directives and advice of health authorities wherever we operate. We have introduced full-site sanitation and increased healthcare monitoring at all our production sites, and instituted remote working at office locations. We have increased the focus on safety as the risk is higher for colleagues who may at some point find themselves filling in for sick colleagues, although absence due to sickness is within the norms for this time of year across all our locations.
We have put in place a daily CEO-led operational continuity meeting to react fast and stay ahead of events.
Our mines and production facilities are open for business and working as normal, and we are taking steps, such as ensuring proper stocks of critical raw materials, to ensure they remain so. IT infrastructure has been upgraded to handle more remote working. Currently most challenges that we foresee are likely to come in our supply chain, and relate to quarantine restrictions in ports and constraints on truck deliveries. We are working closely with customers and logistics providers to ensure all our products get to their destination.
The coronavirus situation is fast-moving and we remain focused on running the business safely and to fulfill the needs of our customers.
18 March 2020
As the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread globally, our primary concern at EuroChem remains the health and wellbeing of our employees and their families.
We are also taking all necessary measures as part of our established business continuity plan to ensure we maintain a high level of operational efficiency, so that our customers can continue to rely on us in the weeks and months ahead.
A Management Response team is implementing EuroChem’s pandemic response plan, which focuses on employee safety, supporting our customers, ensuring the supply chain remains robust, and mitigating any potential financial impact caused by restrictions imposed by governments worldwide.
Among the flexible and pragmatic measures we have taken to minimize the risk of transmission, we have implemented home working for office staff, full-site sanitation, and proactive monitoring and social distancing for those working at our industrial facilities.
We are working closely with customers, service providers and other partners to ensure the security of our supply chain and logistics operations, including monitoring the availability of freight assets and loading capacities.
For the moment, the agricultural sector would appear to be less touched by the current turmoil than other sectors and we continue to support farmers and customers around the world.
As the situation develops and, given the current, unprecedented circumstances, we will continue close monitoring of the situation, adjusting our response plan where appropriate to meet the requirements of our business and customer needs, and to ensure the health and wellbeing of all our people.
EuroChem will continue to update stakeholders as and when material issues arise. We encourage those who have questions to reach out to their relevant EuroChem contact, as usual.
At this difficult time our thoughts are with those who are affected by the coronavirus and their families.