Dow Inc has announced it will turn one of its US sites and its facility in Stade, Germany into sanitiser production facilities. Alongside this, it has pledged $3 million in donations to assist with COVID-19 relief.

The Stade site will be able to make 300 tons of hand sanitiser per month, equivalent to 600,000 standard 500-milliliter bottles. The sanitiser will then be donated to pharmacies and hospitals in Stade and other regions in Germany.

In a statement, Dow officials said these donations “will help distribute essential supplies, such as personal protective equipment to frontline health workers. The donations also will help protect the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergency situations by mobilizing and providing essential medical resources.”

Officials also said the firm will donate $3 million to global relief organisations, as well as non-profits in communities where Dow operates. The donation will include $2 million for immediate support of impacts caused by COVID-19, including donations to support World Health Organization efforts around the world.

As well as this, funds also will go to Direct Relief, a humanitarian aid organisation distributing medical supplies, as well as to local and regional non-profit organizations in Dow communities around the globe and to other funds earmarked for emerging needs. Dow also will give $1 million to build community resilience in the recovery phase.

Jim Fitterling, Dow CEO, said: “Safety is our top priority at Dow. With the unprecedented impacts of COVID-19 impacting our world, we are committed to helping protect the health and safety of our employees and communities, while deploying our business solutions where they are needed most.”

Dow President and Chief Financial Officer Howard Ungerleider added that through this initial commitment, Dow “is sending immediate financial support to organizations directly addressing the COVID-19 crisis and working to protect the resiliency of our communities.”

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30th March 2020