Two months ago, the fate of more than 500 DuPont t-shirts was unknown. The shirts were in perfect condition—never worn, in fact. But because they displayed the “old” DuPont logo, they'd lost their value.
Or did they? As it turns out, instead of sitting in storage or ending up in a landfill, these t-shirts got a second chance. And, arguably, their new purpose was far nobler than the old one. DuPont donated the t-shirts to the organization Donate Delaware, which immediately turned them over to a sewing group at a local hospital to be transformed into ties for thousands of cloth masks for use in the community. And who is sewing these masks? Hospital workers who were in jeopardy of losing their jobs, but instead remain employed during the pandemic.
“I'm proud to see how, in the wake of a global crisis, DuPonters are pivoting quickly to support immediate needs of people across our communities," says Patrick McCrummen, Global Community Impact Leader.
Never has our company's commitment to caring for those in need in our home community been more evident than over the last several weeks. Other examples of COVID-19 relief activities to support Delawareans:
Jason Gonzalez, Senior Manager, Government Affairs, comments, "As a pillar of the Delaware community for the last two centuries, DuPont has a long history of providing needed solutions and today's pandemic is no different. It's great to see DuPont step up once again to meet the challenges facing our home state.”
Of course, this is just one small example. At a time of unprecedented human need, the people and companies of DuPont are stepping up around the world to help the most vulnerable and support the organizations who are delivering this essential care with equipment, grant funding, and, when safe, volunteers.
"When we all come together to address societal needs, our collective impact is magnified,” says McCrummen. “It's exactly why I believe we will achieve our 2030 Sustainability Goals, specifically our Thriving Communities goal to improve the lives of more than 100 million people worldwide by 2030."
Our mission to drive positive change globally begins by making a difference locally.
As COVID-19 continues to spread across the world, we're working around the clock to deliver solutions that help with prevention and control, while keeping our employees safe.
To meet the growing need for PPE in the fight against COVID-19, we’re increasing capacity of Tyvek® protective fabric and working with our partners to get it to the front lines quickly.
Across our businesses, our people are working around the clock to deliver essential solutions to help those most desperately in need.