We are implementing measures to protect the well-being of our employees and mitigate COVID-19 transmission within Fluor-controlled offices and on Fluor projects. Fluor established a global coronavirus task force in January and developed an action plan that includes restricting all nonessential business travel, enhancing office sanitization measures and empowering employees to work remotely. These measures continue to evolve as the pandemic circulates around the globe.
Safety is Fluor's first Core Value, and we are dedicated to serving our clients and executing their projects safely during this time. We recognize that our clients' projects are essential to building a better world.
As we work to provide solutions for our clients, we are also considering how best to deploy resources to support our communities. Fluor has empowered our local Community Relations teams to redirect existing financial resources to the most meaningful COVID-19 relief efforts in their communities. The teams have contributed more than US$600,000 so far in the form of supporting meal service charities and other critical human needs, contributing to local COVID-19 relief funds organized by trusted community partners and reserving resources to help schools rebound once buildings re-open.
In the weeks following the outbreak, Fluor demonstrated its commitment to supplier diversity by reaching out to small businesses to source personal protective equipment (PPE). Women- and minority-owned businesses were included in Fluor's supply-chain efforts to procure items like reusable, hand-sewn face masks. Many of these businesses pivoted from producing their traditional offerings to making PPE and related supplies in response to the economic and health challenges of this pandemic.
Today, our global task force and local business continuity planning teams are opening and preparing to reopen offices and projects that were closed as part of government directives, allowing Fluor to quickly respond to the needs of our clients and workforce.
In Our Communities
We are proud of the way our project sites and global Community Relations teams have responded and adapted to continue serving our clients and communities.
Gliwice, Poland — Fluor's Poland office is pleased to support its local hospital, Szpital Wielospecjalistyczny, in the fight against COVID-19 with a donation of 2,000 hygiene masks as well as PLN 40,000 towards the purchase of a respirator for newborns in the hospital's maternity ward.
"Our office chose to support this hospital because it supports not only Gliwice, but also nearby cities where other maternity wards are closed due to the pandemic. Our hope is that this donation will enable the hospital to quickly purchase a respirator to help doctors and nurses save lives of those babies who have just arrived in the world," explains Grzegorz Czul, Gliwice Office General Manager.
Idaho National Laboratory Site — Information Management (IM) specialists who support Fluor Idaho at the Idaho National Laboratory Site were tasked with preparing hundreds of employees to work remotely using company-provided laptop computers or enabling workers to securely use privately owned home computers or laptops. This massive telecommuting effort was needed to enable the company to continue supporting mission-critical cleanup work and programs in compliance with the 1995 Idaho Settlement Agreement and other pacts with the state of Idaho.
"Before the pandemic, we had very few remote users," Blaine Jensen, Fluor Idaho IM manager, said. "Now, we're working toward nearly half of our entire workforce being able to work remotely."
Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant — Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth LLC recently donated $20,000 to southern Ohio food banks, helping local families in need during the COVID-19 crisis. Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth is providing decontamination and decommissioning services for the U.S. Department of Energy at the former Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Piketon, Ohio.
Greenville, South Carolina — More than 100 employee volunteers from the Greenville, South Carolina office are continuing to deliver meals for Meals on Wheels on multiple routes throughout Greenville. Volunteers have implemented a no-contact pickup and delivery protocol that allows them to safely provide meals to those most in need in our community. Fluor is also supporting United Way of Greenville County through its COVID-19 Community Relief Fund.
New Delhi, India — Fluor's New Delhi, India office donated nearly $63,000 to partially fund the development of low-cost COVID-19 testing kits for mass production through an initiative by the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.
Fluor Government Group — Thirteen of Fluor’s Government project sites across the U.S. each donated $10,000 to a local food bank in the area, totaling a $130,000 impact to the communities where our employees live and work.
Lima, Peru — Fluor’s Lima, Peru office supported local non-profit Red de Corazones through a donation of $10,000 to purchase essential PPE for doctors and nurses on the frontline of the fight against COVID-19.
Manila and Cebu, Philippines — Fluor donated masks, isopropyl alcohol and face shields to 10 local hospitals supporting patients affected by COVID-19.