Right at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, we at Brenntag put in place a global, regional and local crisis management system to focus on the health and safety of our employees and business partners. At the same time, we quickly responded by adapting our processes and workflows in line with the new environment. All of this helped us to maintain our business operations and supply chains overall and thus continue to provide our customers with products.
Especially in these challenging times, we are very aware of our responsibility to society. The COVID-19 pandemic has presented challenges and often existential obstacles for people around the globe. Worldwide, our employees have therefore been engaged in the fight against the spread of the infectious disease COVID-19.
In 2020, a large part of Brenntag’s social commitment was made up of donations of isopropyl alcohol (IPA), which is the main ingredient in the production of disinfectants and was only available in very limited quantities in some countries, especially at the beginning of the pandemic. From single canisters that enabled local doctors to continue to practise, to fully loaded pallets for hospitals, to thousands of tons for authorities and governments, Brenntag provided IPA where it was urgently needed. Brenntag also demonstrated its commitment to the community and its strong will to help fight the virus by donating protective masks to children’s hospitals, producing special visors for medical professionals or providing surprises to raise the spirits for hospital staff in regions particularly hard hit by COVID-19.