Global plastics and chemicals maker Indorama Ventures is providing aid to COVID-19 relief efforts in eight countries worldwide.
"Our contributions help relieve suffering by managing access to resources that are urgently needed until the gradual unwinding of this pandemic," Senior Vice President Richard Jones said in a news release. "We have provided health and safety measures worldwide to keep our employees secure since the beginning of the COVID-19 spread.
"We also act to support medical personnel, patients and affected people in this difficult situation," he added.
To date, Bangkok-based Indorama has donated to efforts in Thailand, United States, France, India, Brazil, Lithuania, Poland and the Czech Republic.
In Thailand, Indorama has donated financially in support of COVID-19 medical treatment to the Ramathibodi Foundation and King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital. These funds will contribute to treating patients and the purchase of supplies, including medicine, medical equipment and utilities that help prevent the further spread of COVID-19.
The company also gave hygiene items to five hospitals in the region that are key institutions handling the COVID-19 outbreak. Donated items include personal protective equipment (PPE), liquid soap and shampoo, nano-zinc fabric masks and hand sanitizer.
Indorama employees in Thailand volunteered to disinfect residential areas, bus stops, roads and footbridges at schools and temples in the area. The firm also gave dry food, water, masks and hand sanitizers to police officers at two police stations there. Other Indorama units donated PPE and thermometers to several communities.
Indorama's other international efforts include:
• Donating hygiene masks to hospitals, local fire stations and nursing homes near Longlaville, France, where Indorama manufactures durable technical textiles for tire reinforcements.
• Providing goggles and facial masks to Lake Charles Memorial Hospital in Lake Charles, La.
• Donating gloves, shoe covers and respirators to Klaipeda Children's Hospital and Klaipeda City Hospital in Klaipeda, Lithuania.
• Sending basic food and hygiene boxes during the next three months to the families of fishermen affected by the fishing market closure near Ipojuca, Brazil.
• Distributing food and other necessary items to refugees in Sanjali, India.
• Giving financial support to local hospitals for purchasing medicine and medical equipment near Wloclawek, Poland.
• Donating face masks to hospitals and communities near Lovosice, Czech Republic.
"Indorama Ventures has been playing a vital role in supporting the hygiene and well-being of communities and people where the company operates with a belief that we will soon overcome this crisis together," officials said.
Indorama is one of the world's largest suppliers of PET resin and related products. The firm employs 24,000 worldwide and posted sales of $11.4 billion in 2019.