Co-CEO COVID-19 Updates
Dear Team Members,
The global outbreak of COVID-19 means we are all getting used to a new normal for the immediate future. This means a new way of working at CoorsTek. We are sharing our latest guidance with you through video to provide a more timely response to the rapidly changing situation.
The ELT and our Global Response Team are doing everything possible to address questions and establish practical regional policies to ensure business continuity and ensure the safety of our employees. We have introduced travel and visitor policies, personal hygiene and social distancing guidance, pay provisions and a regular flow of communications. Please continue to check the Coronavirus Information intranet site for regular updates, including Health Tips from Dr. Jenna. You can access the site through the EHS site or on the intranet home page.
We hope that everyone understands the importance of committing to these new ways of working to help keep our workplace and team members safe. This is a time when we are Better Today | Better Together | Better Tomorrow in every sense.
Please stay safe, stay calm, wash your hands regularly, practice social distancing and stay home if you are sick. We invite you to share your feedback with us at co-CEOs@CoorsTek.com.
Dear Team Members,
As part of our ongoing response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) global health situation we are introducing new guidance for all global team members: New Ways of Working for CoorsTek and a COVID-19 Employee Screening and Response Protocol. Both of these guidance documents can be found on the Coronavirus Information intranet site.
We have outlined what to do if you feel sick while at home or at work, employee screening measures, and return to work protocol if you have been sick or exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID-19. We are also implementing new ways of working which include guidance on employee and visitor meetings and social distancing protocol.
The purpose of this protocol and our ways of working guidance is to make sure that you stay safe and healthy and that your team members and our community stay healthy. We are working to help contain the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and feel that these measures will help us in that regard. We hope that everyone comes together to ensure everyone’s safety.
We hope that you understand that this is not about making your job more difficult but allowing you to be safe at work. We invite you to share your feedback with us at co-CEOs@CoorsTek.com.
Please stay safe, wash your hands regularly and stay home if you are sick.
Dear Team Members,
As the coronavirus outbreak continues to dominate the global news cycle, we’d like to provide you with regular communications to keep you updated on the rapidly evolving situation, how the company is responding and what you can do. We will send a memo every two weeks to update you on the latest news from the business.
We realize that the situation evolves separately in different parts of the world and as a result there will be different stages of prevention and response. In each update we will point out One Big Thing that we need to call your attention to.
WHAT WE KNOW
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) across the globe are responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China and which has now been detected in more than 100 countries. The disease caused by the virus has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”).
Simple, everyday actions like washing your hands, covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue that is promptly thrown away and staying home when you’re sick will make a difference in limiting and slowing the spread of the virus.
We are closely monitoring the impact to date on our operations. We are staying very close to our customers and suppliers to mitigate any delivery risks and currently we are not experiencing any major disruptions in orders from our customers nor is our ability to deliver product compromised as a result of the virus.
HOW WE ARE RESPONDING
We have convened a global response team that includes the ELT and functional leaders from around the business to ensure we are being consistent with our decisions and communications. We are actively providing guidance to regional teams on how to communicate, raise issues and make decisions.
We have partnered with Jenna Singleton, MD who will serve as our medical consultant. Dr. Singleton is a highly credentialed physician currently with the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She will be sharing regular updates on best hygiene practices and other precautionary measures we can take to help prevent the spread of the virus.
As we begin to establish new norms for working, our Microsoft Teams online communications tool (Teams job aid) is a great resource to help you do your job and continue to collaborate with other team members, customers or suppliers. In addition, we are finalizing a revised Visitor Policy and questionnaire that provides guidelines for any visitors to our locations. We are taking a cautious, but balanced approach to visits to our company.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Right now, the One Big Thing we need your help with is to update your personal contact information in Workday including your personal and business mobile numbers and your home phone number. We value your privacy and we also care about your health and safety. We will only use this information if there was an urgent update related to your location. Here’s a job aid on how to add your contact information in Workday, or you can reach out to your HRBP for assistance.
In the US, familiarize yourself with your health carrier’s same-day or virtual care options (via telephone or video chat). Free 24/7 medical advice/nurse lines are also available to members. In areas outside the US, costs and medical care for COVID-19 are covered by the local government and/or medical insurance. Please refer to the new intranet site where we are sharing up-to-date, translated information on the evolving situation. Check the site regularly as we will not send a communication every time a new resource is added. Access the information through the EHS site or on the intranet home page by selecting:
As we plan for the weeks ahead, we will continue to keep you apprised of the impact to our employees and business. If you have questions or concerns please send a note to co-CEOs@CoorsTek.com. We will respond personally or address your questions in our next communication. In the meantime, stay safe, wash your hands regularly and please stay home if you are feeling sick.
Dear Team Members,
The coronavirus (COVID-19) that began in Wuhan, China is an emerging, rapidly changing situation that we are monitoring closely at CoorsTek. Your health and safety is of the utmost importance and as this outbreak continues to spread globally, we are asking you to take the following precautionary measures:
- Restrict all international business travel unless approved by the ELT.
- Conduct global business by phone or Skype, including business with customers/visitors.
- Local functional leaders have the discretion to allow team members to work within their comfort levels regarding local travel or working from home.
- CoorsTek offices and facilities should stock up on cleaning/sanitizing supplies for the facility.
- Encourage employees to be attentive to their own health and pay attention to their local surroundings, especially when taking public transportation.
If you have recently traveled to China, South Korea, or Japan (or have come into contact with somebody who has) in the last 14 days and you feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, you should:
- Seek medical attention right away. Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel history and your symptoms.
- Avoid contact with others. Follow the guidance of your doctor and consult with your supervisor before returning to work.
The following is good practice regardless of where you work or travel:
- Avoid traveling while sick.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60%–95% alcohol if soap and water are not available. • Avoid touching your face (especially with unwashed hands)
You may refer to the US Department of State, World Health Organization or Centers for Disease Control in your country for precautions in your specific location.
Our leadership team is paying close attention to this situation and staying in regular contact with our leaders in regions that are impacted. We are monitoring world health authority information sites and keeping as current as possible on the changing situation.
Additionally, our commercial teams are working closely with customers to understand and mitigate any potential business impact this could have, although this is not an immediate concern. Our supply chain team is also monitoring all critical supplies to ensure business continuity. We will provide regular updates as we learn more in the weeks to come.