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The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is creating the worst humanitarian and economic crisis in a generation, threatening the lives, livelihoods, and learning of people around the world. Government leadership is crucial, but companies and civil society organizations also have a vital role in working together to respond to the immediate crisis and develop plans for longer-term recovery and resilience. This includes the urgent need for concerted action to support the most vulnerable people.

The creation of this live beta mapping tool of company actions is being funded with UK aid from the UK government. The database lists examples of actions being taken by companies to identify and scale up innovative solutions, through their core business capabilities and operations, philanthropy and social investments, and their engagement in policy dialogue and helping to strengthen institutions. If you want to share another good practice example, or want to update one already included, you can do so here.

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Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) in Brazil are converting their brewing facilities to make hand sanitizer and donating 500,000 units to public hospitals in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Brasília, cities most affected so far by COVID-19.

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FMCG

Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) have launched a series of initiatives to prompt financial support to local pubs and bars facing uncertainty during this time. "Around the world, local pubs, bars and restaurants have been forced to close their doors as part of the measures announced to contain the spread of COVID-19".

Budweiser launches a new campaign "Save Pub Life" as a lifeline for pubs after the lockdown forced 40,000 to shut. The campaign encourages pub-goers to buy a gift card to spend at their local pub at a future date. Budweiser Brewing Group - part of the AB InBev brewing group whose other beers include Stella Artois and Corona - will match the value of the gift card up to a combined total of £1 million. ABinBev is supporting similar initiatives around the world (Brazil, Canada, Belgium, etc.).

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Access Bank Plc, Nigeria’s biggest lender by assets, is teaming up with Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote to provide treatment and isolation centers across Africa’s most populous nation as it braces for the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The facilities will be located across the country of more than 200 million people and will have a total of 1,000 beds. They will have Chinese experts and serve as testing, isolation, treatment and training centers.

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Access Bank's managing director, Wigwe, together with Dangote, who heads Dangote Industries Limited, have launched the Coalition Against Coronavirus (COCAVID)—a coalition of private sector organisations to support the country's efforts. COCAVID's task included mobilizing the private sector in shaping public awareness, as well as directing support for both private and public health institutions.

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Acciona has joined forces with Enagás, Red Eléctrica, CLH, Iberdrola, BP, and EIT InnoEnergy to launch the Positive Energy+ initiative which aims at alleviating the impact of coronavirus through innovation. This platform, a pioneering initiative in Spain, is intended to support start-ups in developing projects from the perspective of energy and in the fields of environmental sustainability, mobility, social impact, digitisation, telecommunications and 4.0. It is also open to other companies and organisations that want to join.

Through their subsidiaries or technology departments/corporate venturing teams, the participating companies launch this urgent call to attract and financially support startups and scaleups with innovative projects, to enable them to launch immediately and be developed and implemented within one year. Each of the companies will support at least one startup/scaleup with financing for project development and/or by offering their innovation, investment, commercial development and structural tools.

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Adobe is providing students and educators at-home access to Creative Cloud applications free of charge due to the increasing amount of remote learning current taking place amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to qualify for this service, a student must otherwise only have access to Creative Cloud applications on campus or at a school computer lab.

Adobe also announced that it would make Adobe Connect, its web conference application, free to all users until July 1, 2020. This decision has been made to facilitate remote business and education, and also allow healthcare and government institutions to coordinate their efforts in real-time.

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Airbnb is waiving its fees to provide “free or subsidized housing for 100,000 people working as frontline health care, relief or first response professionals focused on stemming the COVID-19 crisis. Airbnb’s effort will work by allowing Hosts on its platform to opt-in to make their space available without applying any fees”. The program will include "new protocols around cleanliness". Airbnb will be working with the Red Cross, the International Rescue Committee, the International Medical Corps and other non-profit groups to help allocate space where it is needed most.

Airbnb also has a fund established for those who want to provide monetary support, with 100 percent of all proceeds going to nonprofits working on COVID-19 relief.

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Hospitality

Airbnb is updating its cancellation policy to allow guests to cancel reservations anywhere in the world for a full refund in light of the coronavirus pandemic

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