Asian Paints Limited has been collaborating with various stakeholders like NGOs, district administrations, civil societies across India to reach out to affected communities and help them to overcome on-ground challenges. From providing testing kits, ration kits to essential protective materials, we have till date covered around 15000 families and 38000 individuals through our initiatives. We have been working for many years through CSR in the sphere of health and hygiene and at times of national health emergency have teamed up with our existing partners to deliver quick relief. We have focused on providing relief to truckers, migrant workers and underserved community members by providing them ration kits to sustain themselves. Truck drivers have been facing tremendous hardship because of COVID 19, with supply chain disruptions many have been stranded long way from their home with no support. We distributed around 790 ration kits to truck drivers.
Our employees have been at the forefront along with the support of our NGO partners, district administrations to run the distribution to stranded truckers, migrant workers, frontline and healthcare workers. We were able to overcome challenges such as last-mile delivery of relief materials through local contacts of our employees.
All the operations were disrupted since mid of March, 2020 and the Company saw partial resumption since early May, 2020. We have been able to open all manufacturing plants after taking requisite Government permissions. The permissions are for running the plants across all the businesses to a limited capacity or even to a full capacity in some geographies. We have also opened about 85% of our warehouses across the country so that we can cater to some of the markets which are opening up.
Business operations in the various international markets where the Company operates have been impacted to varying extent based on the spread of the pandemic and the restrictions on business activities placed by the respective Government authorities in these countries. At this point in time, the duration for which these restrictions will remain in place is uncertain and resumption of full-fledged operations will depend upon directives issued by the respective Government authorities.
We have been working with our retailers and have helped them restart their business by sanitizing their shops and offering medical insurance schemes for their workers. We have also transferred Rs. 40 crores to about 52000 contractors so that we are able to help them in their operations. We have also launched a ‘Safe Painting’ campaign for ensuring safety of Painters and assurance to customers for a safe painting experience at home.
All employees in our offices have been working from home in accordance with the guidelines. An exclusive helpline for employees is operational and the Company has been providing help to the employees as and when needed for various purposes. The safety of employees who are now required to step out for work is being ensured and they have been mandated to use protective gear and take all safety precautions. All employees have been instructed to download the Aarogya setu app launched by the Government of India.
Asian Paints being a ‘Responsible and Caring Brand’ has been proactive in supporting various Government Initiatives and helping communities around us. The Company launched Viroprotek range of hand sanitizers and surface disinfectants to support the Government in its efforts to tackle the spread of the pandemic and address the huge need of hand and surface sanitization inthese testing times. Viroprotek range of Hand and Surface Sanitizers meet the highest quality standards, and are available in various pack sizes, addressing the growing concerns surrounding health and hygiene.
The Company in its efforts to aid the community at large, has committed Rs. 35 crores towards COVID – 19 Relief Fund. The contributions are largely towards Central as well as other Emergency Relief State funds to combat COVID-19 pandemic. The Company is also working with several NGO’s for providing food, masks and sanitizers.