Group, Social responsibility |04.09.2020
Legrand is supportive and committed in the face of the COVID-19 epidemic
The Group annonces the creation of an aid fund for nursing home staff
Limoges, 9 April 2020 – Since the start of the current global health crisis, Legrand has launched a series of measures aimed at protecting both its employees and its customers. These measures contribute to restraining the spread of the Coronavirus, while ensuring continuity of service for its customers and partners. On the basis of this unprecedented mobilisation, Legrand contributes to the ongoing solidarity efforts to contain the sanitary, social and economic impact of COVID-19.
Legrand has already deployed various solidarity initiatives in support of hospital staff and caregivers across the world, including the following:
- In Spain, the teams at Neat, one of the Group’s specialist brands developing assisted living solutions, provided nurse call solutions to meet urgent equipment needs.
- In the United states, a cable management solution was developed within 4 days to supply power to 2000 beds in field hospitals in the state of New York. In the state of Indiana, a production line for display screens has been converted to the manufacture of cloth masks.
- In France, the logistics platform at Verneuil-en-Halatte mobilised its resources to enable delivery within 24 hours of components to a customer producing medical respirators.
- In India, a university hospital in Kolkata, converted into a specialised centre dedicated to treatment of Coronavirus patients, was equipped with the Group’s UPS (uninterruptible power supplies) to ensure continuity of energy distribution
- In Italy, emergency solutions (especially bedhead units, nurse call devices and VDI cabling systems) were provided for temporary hospitals set up in Milan and Bergamo.
- In the Netherlands, a videoconferencing system was donated to a retirement home in Eindhoven, to facilitate maintaining links between residents and their relatives.
- In the United Kingdom, the “Aidcall” emergency call solution was installed as a matter of urgency in a private hospital to relieve the National Health Service (NHS)
These projects and initiatives will be amplified even further in the weeks and months ahead.
Legrand is also committed on behalf of fragile persons and announces the creation of a solidarity fund dedicated to nursing homes for elderly people.
This fund is intended to provide support to staff in specialised facilities for elderly people. To set up the fund and offer its support to the largest possible number of institutions and care staff, Legrand will work with its Foundation, created in 2014 with the purpose, in particular, of acting against the exclusion of fragile persons and those experiencing loss of autonomy. Staff in such care facilities, who are under considerable pressure in the context of the COVID-19 crisis, will be helped, for example, to finance hotel accommodation close to their place of work so as to avoid long-distance commuting, thereby protecting both their own families and nursing home residents.
This way, Legrand wishes to act tangibly to improve the living conditions and comfort of healthcare staff in nursing homes for elderly people who are in the front line day after day fighting the pandemic.
The fund is open to contributions from both businesses and individuals wishing to join this solidarity initiative.
Benoît Coquart, Legrand Chief Executive Officer, stated: “Faced with this unprecedented health crisis, many solidarity gestures have been deployed by our employees all over the world in aid of the most fragile and the most exposed. The setting-up of this solidarity fund is a perfect example, which aims to support nursing home staff who more than ever need our solidarity. I would like to warmly thank all of our employees for the commitment and solidarity they have shown ever since the crisis began.”