In light of the pandemic, and in order to ease how COVID-19 has been reshaping our way of life, Coca-Cola Beverages Philippines, Inc. (CCBPI) has intensified its People First policy—extending continuous support to its associates and to the communities it serves. Most recently, the Company donated 200 desktop units to its rank-and-file employees, which will serve as valuable tools for families struggling to facilitate distance learning for their children, as face-to-face classroom sessions remain on hold.
“Because distance learning at this scale is unprecedented, not everyone is prepared for it,” said Gareth McGeown, CCBPI President and CEO. “But by providing these desktops, we hope to help enable effective learning among the children of our associates, and aid in the transition into this new setup. We’re doing our part to help ensure that no one gets left behind, and this is one less thing that our people have to worry about.”
Coca-Cola has also been contributing to local communities and frontliners throughout the crisis. The Company has donated over 2.2 million liters of beverages worth more than Php 94 million to almost 1,500 institutions—including hospitals, non-government organizations, local government units, and national government agencies—as well as 174,000 personal protective equipment (PPEs) for 51,000 medical workers, and food packs for over 60,000 vulnerable families.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted every facet of our lives,” McGeown adds. “We have to help our own people and local communities in any way we can—it is imperative that we do so.”