Over the past few months, first our China teams and now our employees the world over, have been grappling with the ways in which COVID-19 has affected our business, our customers and each other. In the face of this pandemic, teams across the company have come together in inspiring ways to help each other as well as our customers, families and friends. Through it all, our employees have demonstrated our deeply held values, and we are grateful to them as well as to our suppliers, venders, partners and least of all, our customers who have stepped up in heroic ways.
This escalating health crisis has forever transformed the way we think and work. And, like other companies, we are looking for ways we can support our employees, customers and communities through this.
Here are a few examples of the ways in which we are putting our global operational structure and established ties with partners and organizations around the world to work. Gap Inc. Is Providing Millions of Much Needed Medical Supplies to Hospital Networks
Recently, as a first step, we shared that Gap Inc. has been tapping into our expansive supply chain and long-standing vendor relationships to immediately source PPE for hospitals in need, including millions of masks and protective gowns ready to ship.
A small (but very mighty!) cross-brand and cross-functional team is leveraging relationships across our global supply chain, connecting hospitals with vendors to expedite and meet the greatest needs. These efforts are underway in the Bay Area and we’re actively working with California hospitals. We hope to expand this to other regions where we work. At the same time, we are prototyping and planning to produce additional PPE in our facilities. We are working with our manufacturing partners to quickly explore using our excess garment capacity to produce fabric masks and protective gear.
Also, our U.S. distribution centers have been reaching out to local emergency responders offering free storage space for emergency supplies in our secure warehouses.
Gap Foundation: Making Donations to Support Communities + Families Most Impacted by COVID-19
Today we are sharing that Gap Foundation will be donating over $1 million to local, state, national and international non-profit organizations to aid in the relief and recovery from the impacts of COVID-19. This includes donations to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund created by the UN Foundation to support the World Health Organization’s global efforts, as well as local COVID-19 response funds in the Bay Area and New York City, where our headquarter offices are located. We’ll also provide grants to several of our longtime nonprofit partners that are directly supporting families and communities with the greatest needs in the wake of this pandemic. These grants will be unrestricted so that nonprofit partners have maximum flexibility to respond to this crisis.
These are just a few of the examples of the ways we are coming together to respond to the global coronavirus pandemic. We look forward to building on these efforts in the weeks and months ahead.