1) With immediate effect, we’ve set up a global Covid-19 Emergency Response Relief Fund of £500,000 to support the humanitarian impacts caused by the pandemic. Our focus will be food security, maintaining healthcare services and supporting measures designed to reduce the spread of the virus.
This crisis has caused lots of disruption for people in tea and coffee producing communities; in some places, it has impacted logistics, making it harder and more expensive for people to get hold of everyday food and hygiene products. In other places, farmers are in real need of handwashing facilities and PPE, such as face masks, to be able to go out to work as some governments have made them mandatory for socially distanced working.
Our suppliers have been quick to respond to these challenges, but more support is needed and our new fund will contribute towards this. We’re working closely with our suppliers and industry peers to allocate this fund where it’s most urgently needed. We’ve already begun working up joint plans and issuing funds — we’ll be sharing more details on some of these projects really soon.