Syngenta employees at sites across the UK have been supporting local charities and organisations in managing their response to the Coronavirus pandemic
Personal Protective Equipment
With the increasing demand for face masks and shields, our UK sites have donated PPE to various places in need. For examples, our Grangemouth Manufacturing Centre, donated materials to 3D Crowds UK, a 3D-printing community working to fill the gaps in the traditional PPE supply chain during the COVID-19 crisis. This allowed them to make 1,750 3D-printed face shields for frontline workers in the healthcare sector and other essential services across the UK. Our Commercial unit, based in Cambridgeshire, also donated visors and headsets, to the A&E department at Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Huntingdon, some chocolates were also sent to keep the spirits of the staff room high!
During a time of supply shortages, our manufacturing and formulation colleagues were able to redistribute resources and use their scientific expertise to make Hand Sanitizer. The Hand Sanitiser has been distributed to local charities, schools and NHS facilities. For example, our Huddersfield Manufacturing Centre donated 500 pint-sized bottles to local Community Volunteer Response Teams, find out more here.
Our Jealott’s Hill Research Centre loaned specialist scientific equipment, after receiving a formal request from the UK Government for the testing mega-lab in Milton Keynes. The British Army collected the equipment and took it straight into service helping meet the challenge of achieving 100,000 tests per day.
We have hosted multiple quizzes for all employees in UK and Ireland, where the winning team gets to choose a charity to donate to. So far, we have donated £500 each to Mind, Age UK, The Trussell Trust, and the Salvation Army.
At our Huddersfield Manufacturing Centre, employees gifted away their annual recognition budget to help tackle mental health, homelessness and hardship in Huddersfield. Employees raised £15,000 which was then matched by the company to total £30,000. Our Jealott’s Hill and Guildford sites also donated Christmas recognition monies to local food banks.