Since the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic, Molson Coors Beverage Company has taken a number of actions aimed at protecting and supporting employees – including requiring employees to work from home if they are able, creating a new voluntary paid leave program, putting in place a high-risk leave policy, planning a safe return to market for sales employees and implementing a wide variety of measures to protect its employees who are working in its breweries. The company is also announcing that it is withdrawing, in its entirety, its financial outlook for 2020 and beyond that was previously provided on February 12, 2020 due to uncertainty regarding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Molson Coors president and chief executive officer Gavin Hattersley said, “These are challenging times for the world and our company, and our priority is to ensure the safety of our people and the stability of our business. I’m proud of how resilient our people have been during this time, including the people who brew, package and ship our quality beers and keep our breweries and business running. I can’t thank them enough. I am also proud of how our teams are stepping up to take care of our communities who need our help more than ever.”
Over the past weeks the company rolled out additional actions to help ensure the health and safety of its people and aims to continue building on these efforts as they have over the past few weeks. These actions include:
The U.S. federal government’s Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce guidance lists industries that are considered essential, including food/beverage manufacturing and distribution such as Molson Coors. This guidance has ensured the company’s brewery and distribution operations can remain operational during state and local “stay-at-home” orders.
Molson Coors is also stepping up to take care of vulnerable communities who have been hit particularly hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. The company donated $1 million to the United States Bartenders Guild, a non-profit that supports bartenders and service industry professionals, and provided 50,000 cans of water to the Denver branch of the Salvation Army to help nourish Denver’s homeless population in the face of water shortages since being forced to turn off their water fountains to stem the spread of the coronavirus. The company is also producing hand sanitizer at multiple craft breweries to support the growing need from first responders and in the health-care industry.