WORLD – Chicago-based agricultural commodity trader and food processor, ADM and Swiss flavor and fragrance producer, Givaudan have joined the global efforts in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

ADM has announced that it is has committed a total of approximately US$1 million to various organizations involved in the fight against COVID-19.

The company’s contributions include commitments to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for the World Health Organization (WHO) various regional and local charities focusing on COVID-19 in the areas where ADM operates.

The company said that it has additionally made available funds for employees who have been adversely affected in this difficult time under its Colleague Emergency Fund.

“This is a moment to step up for humanity,” said Elizabeth Cousens, President and CEO of the UN Foundation.

“And I thank ADM for their generous contribution to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. Their donation puts a stake in the ground for what is most important – coming together, in solidarity, against a virus that affects us all.”

“ADM is committed to doing our part not only to keep our colleagues and their families safe, but also to support the hundreds of global communities where we live and work,” said Chairman and CEO Juan Luciano.

“We appreciate the hard work of the medical professionals, first responders and government and community leaders on the front line during this difficult time.

“Food is fundamental, especially in times like these. We are committed to playing our role in maintaining continuity throughout the entire agriculture supply chain.

“Our employees are working hard to maintain operations, enabling our customers to have the key ADM ingredients and products they need, and we have business continuity plans in place at each processing facility to manage through potential impacts associated with COVID-19.”

In a separate statement, Givaudan announced that it is establishing the Givaudan COVID-19 Communities Fund to enable the company’s sites to support local communities that have been affected by the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Givaudan is donating at least CHF1 million (US$1.05m) to the fund which will give Givaudan employees the opportunity to help those who need it the most, around the world.

Through the fund, Givaudan said that its colleagues will be able to nominate communities, charities, or services that are in need of additional support.

The Givaudan COVID-19 Communities Fund will typically offer amounts to contribute to the provision of medical supplies, other essential supplies, support or expertise as well as other essential funding or services, including when requested by customers, suppliers or other partners.

“This fund is in addition to the ongoing work of the Givaudan Foundation, which is constantly ensuring that the funding and programmes that it offers respond to the challenges of the global pandemic,” Givaudan CEO, Gilles Andrier said.