The COVID-19 situation continues to evolve rapidly, and it remains top of mind for our employees. We know that in times like these, our retailers, consumers and communities depend on us for something critically important: the food in their homes.
Protecting Our Team
Our approach to this situation starts with the well-being and safety of our teams and their families. We have a task force that meets daily to assess the situation and take action to protect our employees, while meeting the need of the consumers who are counting on us to help them put food on their tables. Here are the steps we have taken:
Restricted non-essential domestic business travel and participation in large external events, such as trade shows and other group meetings. Additionally, we prohibited business travel internationally, and placed 14-day quarantines on anyone who had traveled on a cruise or internationally for personal reasons.
For our front-line teams, we have put strong measures in place to maintain the health environment of our plants and distribution centers, including:
- Mandatory health screenings including the use of thermal imaging scanners for temperature checks before each shift.
- The mandatory use of masks at all facilities.
- Implementing aggressive social distancing best practices.
- Protocols to identify potential exposure following the CDC’s guidance on quarantines.
- Enhanced cleaning procedures in place – with cleanings happening multiple times per day.
- No visitors allowed on-site; suspended plant tours and closed onsite stores to the public.
We know that these employees are doing mission critical work in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and we recently announced expanded support for these teams.
We are requiring all office-based employees and contractors who can work remotely to do so until further notice at all of our office locations. Our goal is to reduce the number of people in office environments to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in our communities.
We have also implemented new policies to help employees who may be out of work due to care giving or health-related issues. This includes the suspension of our attendance policy for hourly employees and mitigation plans to bridge income if necessary.
During this critical time, we are focused on supporting our employees and their families.
Supporting Our Communities
We have a longtime commitment to supporting our hometown communities, and that commitment is critical in times of urgent need. To date, we have donated over $6.5 million in cash and food to food banks and organizations across North America. Learn more about the organizations we’re supporting.
Ensuring Our Products Are Safe
As always, we are committed to ensuring that our products are safe, wholesome and meet all food safety and regulatory requirements.
There is no indication that COVID-19 is a food safety concern or that consumers are at risk of contracting COVID-19 from any food product. The CDC and the USDA state that there is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 as a foodborne pathogen and the FDA is not aware of any reports of transmission through food or food packaging. We will continue to comply with all requirements and guidelines regarding sourcing and trade of material set by the relevant authorities.
Campbell has been a leader in the food industry for more than 150 years, and people can be confident that our food is as safe as it has always been.
Updated on October 22, 2020