Collective action across borders, but also at community level, will be key to rebuilding societies hit by the implications of this pandemic. COVID-19 has shown the limits of national action, the value of cross-thinking and co-operation at the international level, but the importance of working with communities to confront this challenge.
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CEMEX introduces comprehensive support package to respond to COVID-19
CEMEX has designed several actions in order to serve the needs of those in areas where the company operates. These actions include:
1. Health and Safety
Mixers - Private & Government Partnership
To ensure the correct sanitization of hospitals and key public areas, their mixer trucks have been loaded with water and a special soap mixture and taken to key areas determined by governments. These actions have been conducted in coordination with local governments in México, Nicaragua, Egypt, Philippines, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Colombia and Panama.
Food - Private & Government Partnership
Through a local chamber of commerce, a request from the government to help with food for vulnerable populations was received, by the time the request was made CEMEX were collecting the clementine harvest. They donated 400kg of clementines in Spain in order to help people in vulnerable situations to have healthy meals.
2. Social Innovation, Capacity Development and Strategic Volunteering:
Gender violence mitigation - Private & Government & NGOs
Through CEMEX's urban model pilot, they have been following the increase in violence since the start of the lockdown. They are working with the private sector, NGOs and governments in order to deliver help in the form of care kits to homes in the community where the project is located. They have also included information on helplines from NGO and government partners for emergency services due to gender violence.
Citizen participation and partnerships - Private & NGOs
The Citizen Integration Council (CIC) and the Human Development Commission in Nuevo Leon, Mexico, with help from several companies in Nuevo Leon and coordinated by Grupo Monterrey, formed of CEMEX and other partners in the region, signed a partnership to use their platform for other organizations and citizens. CIC is a platform of civic technology that has been promoting active citizen participation for 8 years. Currently they are using their platform to match people in need with people willing to help. Through APOYA needs are communicated and covered effectively and proactively. This collaboration model is currently at the state level but it could be replicated nationwide. One of the projects supported by APOYA are the COMUNIDAR efforts that include initiatives such as #RespiraNL and AbrazaNL.
Solidarity Network – Private & community & NGOs
CEMEX have strengthened the network of partners in their urban model pilot to bring in-kind support to people in extreme vulnerability. CEMEX, Tecnologico de Monterrey, Fundación FEMSA, and a local network of 32 community committees, leaders, NGOs and public schools formed the ‘Solidarity Network Campana-Altamira’ by providing donations, logistic support, installations and social capital.
Click here to read more about how construction is a safe and essential industry in CEMEX's position paper.
Watch the video about CEMEX in México (in Spanish) by clicking here.
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