Mondelēz Canada takes actions to protect employees
March 24, 2020, Toronto, Ont. – Mondelēz Canada has announced a series of actions that will enhance its ability to keep food on the shelves for Canadians, support its employees and help communities most impacted by COVID-19.
The actions include enhanced benefits and support for its Canada-based employees and a commitment to supporting community partners advancing COVID-19 relief efforts in Canada.
The community support is part of the global Mondelēz International commitment to donate $15 million, in cash and in-kind donations, to community partners advancing COVID-19 relief efforts around the world.
“As a key part of the Canadian food industry, we have a responsibility to do everything we can to keep food on shelves for Canadians, and do what’s right for the 2,600 people we employ,” said Martin Parent, president, Mondelēz Canada. “In this time of heightened need, we are working in close collaboration with customers and local communities to ensure that our Ontario-based factories remain operational, our national distribution networks continue to work efficiently, and consumers from coast-to-coast continue to have access to food on shelves.”
The company has already implemented enhanced protocols and protections to provide a safe and sanitary work environment for its colleagues, including significant steps to support employees in manufacturing facilities, distribution and logistics operations and sales functions – from entry screening, social distancing, additional sanitization and shift segregations or working from home options.
In Canada, the company is announcing additional support for its employees doing such important work during this challenging time, including:
- A Premium Pay Program that temporarily increases pay by either $2 per hour or $125 per week (depending on how the employee is paid) for frontline colleagues who are making, shipping or selling our snacks to retail partners across the country (until April 30).
- The equivalent of two weeks’ pay for frontline Canadian employees who can’t come into work nor work from home for a number of reasons related to COVID-19 (introduced last week).
The company states it will continue to assess further needs and opportunities to support employees as the situation evolves.
“The health, safety and wellbeing of our colleagues and communities is our number one priority as we come together to address this unprecedented crisis,” said Parent. “I am so proud of the ongoing dedication and commitment of our teams under these trying circumstances and thank everyone for all that they are doing.
“We are committed to providing our people with the support that they need as they ensure the continuity of the Canadian food supply, and helping those most in need in our local communities.”
The company is also committing $15 million globally, in financial and in-kind donations, through the Mondelēz International Foundation and global and local brand initiatives.
In Canada, the company is focused on where it can have the greatest impact on emergency relief by leveraging its existing partnerships with United Way, Food Banks Canada and Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada.
All three community partners are focused on getting food and support to people who need it most during this time of crisis. The company is committed to supporting these important organizations as they focus on tackling food instability with both cash and in-kind donations.
The company will continue to monitor the rapidly changing situation and provide further updates to programs and policies as appropriate.