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‘No one is safe until everyone is safe,’ Olam joins coalition to help India amid COVID-19 surge

By Anthony Myers contact

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Olam International is using its supply chain expertise to help with India's COVID-19 emergency. Pic: Olam International
Olam International is using its supply chain expertise to help with India's COVID-19 emergency. Pic: Olam International

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Singapore-based Olam International has joined a coalition of Asian businesses and organisations in the private and public sector to provide crucial medical supplies in support of India’s ongoing battle against COVID-19.

Olam said it has partnered with Temasek, Temasek Foundation, Singapore Airlines, SATS, Air India, Kerry Logistics, the Pan IIM Alumni Association and the High Commission of India in Singapore to source and airlift essential medical equipment to meet critical oxygen needs in the country.

Since the beginning of May, the partners have sent 200 oxygen concentrators, 51,000 oximeters, 825 hospital-grade BiPAP machines and 30 tele-ventilators from Singapore to India, and continue to work towards providing more essential medical supplies to the country. 

A Shekhar, Executive Director at the Olam Group and CEO of Olam Food Ingredients, said: “We have seen the severe impact this pandemic has had on people and communities across the world, and it is a heartbreaking situation as it now sweeps through India.

“At Olam, we are utilising our international supply chains and a network of partners to help provide timely supplies and relief at scale. It is heartening to see the strong groundswell of support from public and private sector organisations across the world, uniting to support India through this very difficult time. We will continue to support relief efforts while ensuring we keep our staff, partners and operations on the ground safe. As it has been said, no one is safe until everyone is safe.”

Separately, Olam said it has also launched a company-wide donation drive to raise funds for COVID-19 relief efforts in India. These funds collected through contributions from employees will be directed fully towards COVID-19 relief programmes at the local, state or federal level in India. 

 

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