Employee Health and Safety First
“At Corteva, the health and well-being of our employees is paramount and our actions, which are guided by the latest, most reliable medical science, reflect that.”
— Dr. Paul Gannon, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Since the early days of the coronavirus outbreak, Corteva Agriscience has taken steps to help protect the health and safety of our employees, their families, their colleagues and their community. We have engaged crisis management teams at the country, regional and global level, and our Integrated Health Services Pandemic & Infectious Disease Planning Team has been monitoring the situation and developing guidelines and protocols that have been communicated to all of our employees globally. We have taken special measures including:
- Suspending all international travel and restricting all other travel to business critical
- Cancelling participation in internal and external meetings
- Instituting self-quarantine for employees with symptoms or any possible exposure
- Moving to site essential employees only at our facilities and encouraging work from home wherever possible to reduce exposure
- Conducting enhanced cleaning and disinfecting of our sites and increasing frequency of cleanings
- Screening contractors and visitors to our sites
- Encouraging our employees to follow WHO and CDC guidelines for handwashing and social distancing
- Conducting tests of our “I’m Okay System” for tracking employees who may need assistance
The health and safety of our employees is our top priority.
Our Return to Work Sites Process
We are now preparing for a phased, gradual return-to-work site process based on governmental guidelines and criteria developed by our Integrated Health Services Pandemic & Infectious Disease Planning Team. We will be conservative in our approach to returning to work sites and base our decisions on the unique circumstances at the local level.
Monitoring Local Conditions
We are monitoring the situation with an eye now toward the local conditions that must be satisfied before initiating our return to work sites process. Multiple conditions will be monitored and weighed in making decisions and we anticipate variation in initiating our return to work sites process across the countries in which we operate.
Managing a Gradual Return
At all locations, the return of employees currently working from home will take place in phases in order to gradually increase the number of onsite personnel as local conditions improve. The determination of who will return and when will be made in a prioritized way while balancing both business and employee needs.
Ensuring our facilities are prepared to safely accommodate both existing on-site personnel as well as those returning is an integral part of our planning. In accordance with internal safety guidelines, site requirements will include specific guidance for social distancing, enhanced cleaning, temperature screening, provision of personal protective equipment, and visitor protocols.
Ensuring that our employees are well-informed and prepared is paramount for return to work sites process success. To this end, regular internal communications have been established to announce changes in phases, ensure site-specific measures are put in place and protocols to be followed are understood, ensuring employees know where to go with questions.
Fighting Food Insecurity
Corteva is driven by its purpose to enrich the lives of those who produce and those who consume. Corteva supports global food security organizations that are responding to help those that are food insecure during these challenging times, particularly to those that help feed the approximately 850 million children globally who are out of school and the millions of senior citizens that face hunger daily.
Corteva is working in collaboration with Global Giving for international grant funding established as a way for Corteva employees to make personal donations. In the United States, we continue our collaborations with food banks, food pantries, meal rescue, meal packing, and Meals on Wheels organizations that are in the midst of providing assistance to those in true need. We are working directly with major food banks and have established virtual food drives that our employees are enabled to support.
Some of the organizations Corteva and our employees support include: