Our Response
to COVID-19

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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
  • Instituting self-quarantine for employees with symptoms or any possible exposure
  • Supporting public health vaccination initiatives by providing employees with factual information from healthcare professionals, paid time-off for receiving and recovering from vaccination, and where possible onsite vaccination.
  • Moving to site essential employees only at our facilities and encouraging flexible working practices wherever possible to reduce exposure
  • Introducing in internal and external meeting protocols to ensure the safety of our employees, customers and other stakeholders
  • 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 testing, hygiene 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

Our phased, gradual return-to-work-site process was based on governmental guidelines and criteria developed by our Integrated Health Services Pandemic & Infectious Disease Planning Team. We planned our approach to returning to work sites with an emphasis on caution and care, while basing our decisions on the unique circumstances at the local level.

Process Guidance

Monitoring Local Conditions
We monitor the situation with an eye now toward the local conditions that must be satisfied before initiating any return-to -work-sites process. Multiple conditions are monitored and weighted in the decision-making process prior to initiating any return to work sites at the locations in which we operate.

Managing a Gradual Return
At all locations, the return of employees to our work sites took place in phases with an emphasis on caution and care. The gradual return to work sites balances both business and employee needs.  

Preparing Facilities
Ensuring our facilities can safely accommodate our employees is an integral part of our planning. In accordance with internal safety guidelines, site requirements include specific guidance for social distancing, enhanced cleaning, temperature screening, provision of personal protective equipment, and visitor protocols.

Preparing Employees
Ensuring that our employees are well-informed and prepared has been paramount for return to work sites process success. To this end, regular internal communications have been established to ensure site-specific measures are put in place and protocols to be followed are understood, and 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 work 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: