WIA Partners response to Covid-19

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WIA Partners response to Covid 19

Societe Generale is demonstrating its commitment to the fight against the spread of Covid-19 with the implementation of a specific programme for the African continent, the first stage of which is a €1.5 million donation to the association Médecins sans Frontières (MSF).

The Societe Generale Foundation has joined forces with its partners Aurore, Emmaüs Solidarité and the Samusocial de Paris to support their activities in sheltering and housing precarious people during this crisis.

With the confinement, pupils who were fragile at school level were at greater risk of educational disruption due to a lack of follow-up or adequate equipment to continue their distance learning. Societe Generale will enable the Apprentis d’Auteuil and SOS Children’s Villages associations to provide these centres with the educational, digital, recreational and health equipment necessary to maintain the link between school and families.

For many people, the cessation of economic activity means a loss of jobs and income, and consequently great food insecurity. To make up for these shortfalls, Emmaus Défi and the Restos du Cœur are more mobilised than ever and have received exceptional support from the Societe Generale Foundation.

The Société Générale Group has also pledged to contribute one million euros to the “Tous unis contre le virus” alliance, supported by the Fondation de France, the AP-HP and the Pasteur Institute.

L’Oréal’s plants manufacture large quantities of hand disinfectants to meet the needs of French and European health authorities.

Garnier will distribute several million units of hand sanitizer free of charge to all of its European food distribution customers so that their employees, who continue to work to meet the basic needs of consumers, can protect themselves by following recommended precautions.

The L’Oréal Foundation has decided to donate one million euros to partner NGOs committed to the fight against insecurity. These non-profit organisations supported throughout the year by the L’Oréal Foundation will also be offered hygiene kits (shower gel and shampoo) and hand sanitizer for social workers, volunteers and beneficiaries.

La Roche-Posay will equip all partner hospitals, nursing homes and major partner pharmacies in Europe with a hand disinfectant. The brand already supplies bottles free of charge to French pharmacies, which can produce their own disinfectants.

Lenovo‘s philanthropic response is currently valued at more than $12 million in three critical areas: supporting distance learning, providing technology and personal protective equipment to hospitals, and providing general community support in areas where employees live and work.

2.4 million in donations of equipment to support distance learning in North America, $1.4 million in Hubei, in partnership with the China Poverty Reduction Foundation, $1.3 million in donations of software and services to enable distance learning and safety for those who learn and work from home.

Lenovo provided IT equipment to optimize hospital operations and connect patients with their loved ones, reducing the stress of isolation during hospitalization.

For contributions to health efforts, $2.4 million in IT equipment and infrastructure to support hospitals in Wuhan, $400,000 and more in donations of personal protective equipment to the United States, Italy, Spain, India and Brazil, $1 million in product and fund donations to support health systems in Europe and Latin America

For research into the new coronavirus, $2 million in technology to BGI Genomics in partnership with Intel to learn more about the virus, and $145,000 to the China Foundation for Health Promotion to study the first survivors of COVID-19 in Wuhan.


Lazard has created a resource centre to provide macro analysis and strategy-specific updates. The platform provides insight into how finance and investment professionals navigate in this unprecedented environment.



At least 10,000 hot meals have already been distributed to the inhabitants of Paraisópolis, the largest favela in São Paulo, thanks to the #hortanalaje program and the cooks at the Mãos de MariaAssociação das Mulheres de Paraisópolis restaurant Instituto Escola do Povo.



The OCP Group Site “Gantour” has launched, within the framework of its program “Act4Community”, a digital awareness campaign for the benefit of the inhabitants of the provinces of Youssoufia and Rehamna, around the behaviors to adopt to prevent and stop the spread of the new coronavirus.

In order to support the national effort to fight against COVID19 , the various sites of the OCP group and the Act4Community teams offered their assistance to the public health services. They provided medical and protective equipment, ambulances and consumables in several regions of the country.

The group made a financial contribution of $300 million to the special government fund dedicated to pandemic management.

The group has also made a set of teaching resources available to middle and high school students to enable continuity of teaching in the form of 2,000 learning capsules.

CDC is looking at how to expand its support – by working with local banks to provide the working capital that businesses need, or by exploring investments that can expand access to health care and basic services.


The Total Foundation is helping those on the front line in the fight against Covid-19. In France, we have decided to provide exceptional support of €5 million to the Institut Pasteur and the hospital and health associations involved in the fight against Covid-19.

In addition, to support hospital caregivers and Hospice and nursing home staff, whose travel in the field is essential, Total is making up to €50 million in fuel vouchers available to healthcare institutions, depending on their needs. 50 million in fuel vouchers, depending on their needs, which can be used at Total stations throughout the country.

Due to the spread of COVID-19, Ashinaga‘s students experienced a drop in income. In order to support Ashinaga scholarship families who are having problems with their daily lives, a lump sum of 150,000 yen in emergency aid will be given to each of the 6,500 scholarship students.

The Rainbow House of Ashinaga Uganda has decided to provide food allowances to each of the families associated with 989 children enrolled at the Uganda Rainbow House.

During this severe global health crisis, DHL logistics services and their global network play a vital and life-saving role, whether it’s sending emergency medical equipment and supplies to healthcare workers, delivering essential goods to individuals or finding solutions to keep businesses running.


As companies of all sizes are strongly impacted by the economic and financial crisis generated by VIDOC19 , Roland Berger proposes a broad portfolio of measures to help companies manage all phases of the crisis cycle in order to ensure their viability.


Bpifrance is 100% behind all the companies affected by the Covid-19 storm. In order to alleviate the cash flow difficulties of companies whose activity is impacted by the coronavirus epidemic. Bpifrance has deployed new measures for SMEs, SMEs and ETIs such as the granting of guarantees, the suspension of calls for capital and interest, and exceptional loans.

Bpifrance has also set up a toll-free number and an online questionnaire to provide entrepreneurs with information and support from the Bpifrance network throughout France.

In collaboration with the French Secretary of State for the Digital Economy, Bpifrance has announced a 4 billion euro global support plan for French start-ups.


Honoris United Universities have developed a 3D printed respirator to support global efforts to combat VID19. They have collaborated with the best engineers, scientists, researchers and health professionals in the network and academic partners to create a potentially life-saving device in the fight against VID19.

Within the Honoris network, three health innovations from the Moroccan School of Engineering Sciences (EMSI) – Morocco’s largest engineering school, were selected in a pan-African hackathon (Marocovid 19) involving students, start-ups, entrepreneurs, professors and engineers.

“African Saviour, for example, uses drones to deploy nasal swabs and other coronavirus diagnostic kits to doctors in remote rural areas.

In South Africa, REGENT Business School, which is also part of the Honoris network, has produced face shields and splash masks using 3D printed parts in its three iLeadLABs – in Durban, Johannesburg and Cape Town – and distributes them free of charge to selected public health facilities.

Gfi, in partnership with Tous pour la Santé, Dr François Sarkozy’s TV show and website, is providing its expertise and Botfoundry technology to make available to the general public a chatbot answering the many legitimate questions about the Covid-19 epidemic and its implications.

In order to provide the best possible assistance to healthcare personnel, the Group is graciously offering the Assistance Publique des Hôpitaux de Paris (AP-HP) the possibility of managing a few hundred additional beds thanks to its Actipidos Patient Record Management application. A long-standing and privileged partner of the public hospital sector, Gfi is committed to the fight against coronavirus and remains more than ever mobilized.

The Gfi Group’s solutions also make it possible to support research and the management of clinical trials. The Easydore and eTrialManager applications are currently used by private healthcare players such as major laboratories to steer their own research and manage their clinical trials.

Globally, Deloitte has donated to the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, which works to understand the virus, recommend care and accelerate treatment.

Deloitte is also providing additional support to our WorldClass NGOs to help the 1.5 billion children affected by school closures and shutdowns.

By mid-March, the epidemic in Spain had reached a critical threshold and was overwhelming hospital resources. A group of professionals from Deloitte Spain led by Álvaro Reymundo began 3D printing hundreds of pieces of medical equipment in their spare time, including protective kits and alternative breathing equipment for use by hospitals and government officials.

The RBS Food Bank appeal received support from Deloitte, who made large donations to pay for thousands of meals and provide logistical support.

DS Avocats organizes regular webinars in order to inform and reflect on the issues raised by VIDOC19.

With its international network of 22 offices on 4 continents, DS has a dedicated working group to help its clients manage the impact of this crisis on their business. A team of experts in all areas of business law is mobilised to respond to the legal, commercial and regulatory issues facing companies in these difficult times.


Upon proposal of the Management Board, BMCI Group contributes to the Special Fund for the Management of the Coronavirus Pandemic up to MAD 85 million. This contribution is part of the national solidarity drive, in order to mobilize alongside the public authorities to overcome this health crisis.

Meridiam contributed to fight Covid-19 crisis in all its geographies (Europe, Africa and Americas). In the health sector, and among various initiatives: more than 2500 beds are mobilized and dedicated to crisis (especially in Turkey, Chile and United Kingdom), trains were medicalized in France to transport patients, a dozen sites are used as testing centers in Canada and United Kingdom, research on medications and vaccines are ongoing at CR-CHUM in Canada and finally the firm contributed to provide critical equipment to Africa with its partner Arise (7 million masks, 230,000 desinfectant gels, 500,000 pairs of gloves, 50 ventilators). Meridiam also implemented charitable initiatives and government funding to support the economy : over 500 000€ in donations and food charity support to serve thousands of meals.


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