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The Managing Director of Apollo Tyres shares the measures the company has undertaken for the safety and wellbeing of all its employees.
COVID-19 has changed the way we live and work and has adversely impacted several industries across the world.
Apollo Tyres has donated thousands of masks, initiated campaigns and seen voluntary salary cuts for senior executives to help during the crisis.
India needs to consider policies to help corporations which are job creators.
COVID-19 has changed the way we live and work. We had to adapt quickly to working from home, schooling from home, avoiding social interactions, give up flying and living under constant threat from catching a virus that could be lethal.
Over the years, I have seen many ups and downs in business, but never before have I witnessed a global event of this magnitude which brought whole sectors and industries to its knees. Travel and hospitality industry are decimated, automotive and manufacturing sectors are in pain and the oil industry looks to be in the doldrums.
Leaders are clutching at straws right now, trying to keep mortality low and infection contained while wondering how to keep the economy going Businesses are also thinking of ways and means to keep going until things get back to normal. We, at Apollo Tyres, had to make some very tough decisions.
For us, safety and the health of our employees come first. Given that we all are part of one family, we are trying to fight this battle and be safe at our homes and workplaces.
Apollo has immediate taken steps as soon as the virus hit the world. As we are based in Asia and Europe, we took proactive steps within the organisation to start closing offices and to look after the safety of our people. Our plants have largely been shut down, barring our Enschede plant which has been running at limited capacity.