PETRONAS’ RESPONSE TO COVID-19
As we navigate through the global COVID-19 pandemic which has led to staggering impact on daily lives and major interruptions to businesses, in addition to the collapse of oil prices, PETRONAS stands firm in upholding its Amanah, to first and foremost ensure the wellbeing of our people followed by the safe and optimal operation of our businesses across the value chain.
Since the onset of the COVID-19 outbreak, PETRONAS has taken immediate measures to ensure the safety of our employees through the implementation of several proactive steps to manage the risk of exposure and reduce the risk of transmission.
At each and every operational site, we have in place the necessary safety measures and additional protocols to ensure the safety of our front-liners as they continue to discharge their duty of essential operations both onshore and offshore. We have also implemented a special working arrangement on 13 March, for all of our employees who can work from home, to do so where possible.
PETRONAS is closely monitoring the situation here in Malaysia as well as in countries we operate and will continue to adhere to the guidelines by local authorities, prioritising the safety of our staff and their families as well as the wider network of our partners and customers.
As the conditions around the COVID-19 pandemic continue to evolve, PETRONAS is committed to do our part in supporting efforts by the Malaysian Government. Through Yayasan PETRONAS, our Corporate Social Responsibility arm, we have contributed RM20 million worth of medical equipment and supplies to help hospitals and healthcare front-liners mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in Malaysia. These efforts will be done in stages in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and National Disaster Management Agency.
We have also extended assistance to our healthcare front-liners through our retail division, PETRONAS Dagangan Berhad (PDB) which donated water and food items to selected hospitals involved in the COVID-19 operations. Our integrated chemicals producer PETRONAS Chemicals Group Berhad (PCG) recently delivered 250kg of polypropylene to Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) to help the university produce 18,750 face shields to be supplied to 100 government hospitals and clinics nationwide. Our employees have also rallied their support to donate through various channels such as the Association of Wives and Women Staff of PETRONAS (PETRONITA), Badan Kebajikan Islam PETRONAS (BAKIP), and Kelab Sukan dan Rekreasi PETRONAS (KSRP) to name a few.
Additionally, our international operations are also mobilised to support the local efforts in their areas of operation. PETRONAS Lubricants International (PLI), which is our global lubricants manufacturing and marketing arm, provided fluids for truck fleets involved in the construction of hospitals in Wuhan, China, and for the transportation of essential goods. PLI had also converted its coolant production lines to manufacture ethanol-based liquid and gel sanitisers for hospitals and the local communities in Italy and Brazil. Furthermore, the Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 team has helped to develop a breathing aid that keeps COVID-19 patients out of intensive care, with a host of other rival teams pitching in to provide UK hospitals with thousands of extra ventilators. In this regard, clinicians and mechanical engineers from University College London (UCL) worked with the Mercedes team to create the continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device, which has been approved by the National Health Service (NHS) UK. The device will help save lives by ensuring that ventilators, a limited resource, are used only for the most severely ill.
More recently, PETRONAS staff have come together to donate RM6.4 million through a voluntary salary contribution initiative to be channeled to the Tabung COVID-19 under NADMA. The contribution aims to expand the funds at NADMA’s disposal towards intensifying the responses amidst this pandemic, especially towards the distribution of essential supplies and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to front-line staff and volunteers.
The salary contribution by staff is in addition to PETRONAS’ various contributions already made via its business operating units and subsidiaries in Malaysia as well as throughout the world, amounting to RM33 million as at 15 May 2020.
In November 2020, Yayasan PETRONAS delivered RM2.5 million worth of medical equipment and Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) to hospitals across Sabah to support the efforts of medical front-liners in mitigating COVID-19 cases in the state.
In addition, RM5.2 million worth of medical equipment, PPE, hand sanitisers, disinfectants, and face masks as well as food supplies were distributed to the communities in our other domestic and international operations including Azerbaijan, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Gabon, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Mexico, Myanmar, Suriname and South Sudan as at 30 September 2020.
To date, the Group’s total contribution towards the COVID-19 efforts and initiatives stands close to RM44 million.
We will continue to provide more updates here on our efforts as the situation develops.
In our commitment to ensure a reliable supply of energy to support the daily requirements of communities, businesses and governments, PETRONAS’ priority is to ensure our operations continue to run safely and efficiently across the value chain. We are working closely with relevant authorities on the necessary requirements during these Movement Control Order (MCO) periods and will continue to exercise strict compliance to our Health, Safety, Security and Environment (HSSE) standards and best practices.
PETRONAS will continue to drive operational efficiencies and commercial excellence while maintaining fiscal discipline in facing the immediate impact and anticipated headwinds of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the steep drop in oil prices. With a view to preserving the Company’s resilience and sustainability, we will strengthen our mitigation strategies towards cushioning the short, medium and long-term impact on our business.
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