27/05/2020 - CommitmentsThe crisis caused by covid-19 has forced the Group to adapt significantly. All our countries and regions, starting with China - whose feedback on experience has been invaluable - have quickly introduced systems to help employees stay active and supported in this hardship but also united as one. Let's take a look at some key initiatives.
Helping each otherVallourec in Brazil made the decision to donate 20,000 bottles of hand sanitizer, 11,000 protective visors, 16,000 masks, 150,000 gloves and 6,000 pairs of protective glasses to 21 different healthcare facilities. The company has also supplied tents for use as safety barriers and, through its volunteer program, employees have donated a basic monthly food basket to various social initiatives.
3D printingIn the United States, along with printing face shields and "ear savers", is part of an initiative led by America Makes, the leading U.S. collaborative partner in the areas of Additive manufacturing and 3D printing.
As part of the Additive Manufacturing booster, we are collaborating with the Vallourec community to organize and roll out both local polymer printing to ALL of our facilities, and to assist in the design and deployment of Vallourec's 3D printing IT platform. And I’m personally involved, using my two personal printers, an FDM model and a model using liquid resin and LED light source, to create face masks.Peter Sabatino Methods Specialist and Process Owner
Well-beingThe regions have launched a number of programs to help employees stay active during quarantine. In Belo Horizonte, stretches and exercises have been developed to boost the collaborators before each remote work session, and the Sidertube Foundation has prepared a complete exercise program for employees to follow. In the United States, the price of subscribing to the Well on Target sports program has been reduced, while medical consultations are being offered via a video conferencing application, along with advice to help people feel less anxious. In Boulogne, sophrology sessions have been held to support everyone’s well-being, again taking place via video conferencing.