Apr 14, 2020 13:47
COVID-19: We all need to contribute

Collaboration, community engagement and being a valued contributor to society has always been our ethos as a company. COVID-19 does not and will not change this and it is important to us at Shell India to do our part. 

Our primary role is to ensure a reliable energy supply to essential services such as healthcare, food distribution and sanitation that depend on it. Along with keeping our employees, contractors and customers safe, we are safeguarding access to critical products and ensuring that community agencies have the resources they need during this crisis. 

But together we also need to support the numerous healthcare professionals, such as nurses and doctors, who are working tirelessly on the front lines of this pandemic. In close to 15,000 Shell gas stations across more than 30 countries, including sites across India, we’re providing complimentary beverages to them. You can read more about this here. It’s our way to thank and honour healthcare workers who are truly some of the unsung heroes in this crisis. Our convenience retail stores have also ramped-up their product range to provide essentials that are needed by the communities during this crisis.

As the impact of COVID-19 grows, so does the demand for social services. We are especially mindful of those experiencing hardship during this time, and are responding where we can to the evolving needs of the communities where we live and work. We are leveraging our retail sites, distributors and partners to provide relief kits containing essentials like rice, pulses, oil, soap etc. to the vulnerable sections of the society and daily wage workers around our operations in Hazira, Shell Technology Centre Bangalore and gas stations. We are also reaching out with care packages to our extended community of truckers and allied transport staff who are currently facing a lot of hardship, as they do not have access to food and hygiene essentials since they are stranded on highways or city outskirts without any support. You can read more about this here. We’re proud that so many Shell India employees have contributed to the community in whatever way they are able to either directly or through donations.

I thank my Shell India team who continue to go above and beyond to keep our operations running to meet the needs of all citizens who depend on our products and services every day, while at the same time putting in considerable effort to respond to the needs of their families and communities. We are all in this together and I’m proud of how we’re working to support each other during this difficult time.

Nitin Prasad
Chairman, Shell companies in India