The 2020 edition of Giving in Numbers takes a closer look at the latest trends on employee engagement, community investment, and social efforts made by large corporations during 2019, one year before the world was confronted by a global pandemic derived from a new infectious illness, Coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
Amid this global health crisis, racial tensions skyrocketed in the United States following the death of George Floyd in May 2020. A series of demonstrations followed, building the momentum of intense and widespread civic discourse on racial equity; we are proud of companies for wading into this moment with urgency, deliberateness, and a certain vulnerability as they strive to learn, listen, and improve.
More than ever, the private sector took a leading role to support many crucial efforts among the communities it serves. These efforts include producing personal protective equipment (PPE) and ventilators for critically ill patients, encouraging employees to donate to nonprofits addressing the fight against Covid-19, donating products in the form of medications, activating disaster response initiatives, preserving employment as much as possible through adapting to a new virtual environment, and setting aside their grant-making formalities to fund and volunteer urgently for the pressing local needs in their global operating communities.