As part of our emergency preparedness and response programs, and health and safety initiatives, we moved responsibly and quickly to protect the safety and well-being of our employees, their families and communities during the outbreak of the new coronavirus disease, or COVID-19.
Our COVID-19 Response Team met regularly to implement a pandemic plan, and worked proactively with industry medical advisors, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and local, state and federal agencies to establish protocols to mitigate risk. As part of the world’s critical infrastructure, Valero continued to make products essential to everyday life – as well as hand sanitizer – while keeping employees and contractors informed with regular communications and response plans, including:
- Implementing safe-at-work protocols, including personal hygiene best practices, social distancing, travel restrictions and daily self-assessments • Waiving COVID-19-related health expenses
- Expanding remote work capabilities and the scope of our family illness leave to cover time spent at home caring for children who were unable to attend school or day care
- Increasing frequency and type of deep cleaning and sterilization throughout our operations
- Providing employees with health and wellness resources, including access to on-site clinic consultations, virtual care and Valero’s Employee Assistance Program.
The Valero Energy Foundation donated approximately $2.5 million in addition to fuel cards around the U.S. Approximately $330,000 was also donated in Peru, Canada and the U.K. to help fill vital needs during the peak of the pandemic. Aid went to a variety of organizations, from those feeding families and homebound seniors to others providing critical services for hospitals and first responders.
The innovation and efforts of our employees were on full display. Five of our ethanol plants engineered hand sanitizer production to help ease a critical shortage for health care providers and first responders fighting the spread of the disease. Team Valero took part in distributing food and fuel cards, and even laptops to school children to aid in distance learning. Through it all, we were blessed to be able to continue supporting our community partners as we worked together to overcome this extraordinary situation.