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Some of the leading companies in the world, including Ford, McLaren, BAE, GKN Aerospace, Rolls-Royce, Unilever and Airbus, changed their businesses overnight and came together to build ventilators for the UK’s National Health Service (NHS). They were working on two designs – one from Smiths Group, the other from Penlon. Their collaboration was powered by Microsoft technologies.

It was an unprecedented project; one that required more than 30 of the UK’s biggest companies, the best minds and the latest, cutting-edge technology.

Citi, the Citi Foundation and Citi employees have contributed to support COVID relief efforts in the UK through donations, fundraising and volunteering.


3M is a leading provider of personal protective equipment and medical solutions worldwide.  Early on in the pandemic, it saw an unprecedented surge in demand for N95 respirators, which it had pioneered nearly 50 years ago.

3M’s priority during COVID-19 became the safety of its employees and providing supplies where they were most needed to support the public health and government response to the outbreak in the UK as well as globally. 

During the crisis, Amazon was able to leverage its extensive logistics network and technological expertise to support communities in the United Kingdom, and took a number of actions to reduce the spread of the coronavirus while supporting those directly and indirectly impacted by COVID-19.

eBay has worked with the NHS and other partners to help get PPE into the hands of GPs and care home workers.  It has also offered its marketplace for free to UK SMEs who were forced to close during lockdown.  And it has raised over £1 million for NHS Charities Together and donated a further £1.7 million to charities who have been affected by the current crisis.

At IHG, our commitment to caring for people comes naturally to a business which stands for providing True Hospitality for everyone. With 5,900 hotels in over 100 countries, we are at the heart of local communities and recognise our potential to make a difference. Our care and support has never been needed more than this past year, as we all work through the uncertain times brought about by COVID-19.

Uniting Passion and Skills to Help Support Health Workers

Cisco volunteers in the UK have donated their time, expertise and resources to help produce facemasks for frontline health workers, in partnership with local community members and others that share Cisco’s passion.

In April 2020, sustainable footwear and accessories brand Allbirds launched a donation programme to provide frontline health workers in the UK with a comfortable pair of sneakers, as a token of gratitude for the work in keeping us safe and healthy in the face of COVID-19. The brand led similar initiatives in the US and Germany, along with a buy-one-give-one programme that invited US customers to join them in giving back. In total, Allbirds was able to donate more than $1M in shoes to the global healthcare community.

Starbucks UK temporarily closed stores at the start of the COVID-19 lockdown to test operational procedures were safe for partners (employees) and customers before reopening.

During this period, Starbucks decided to distribute as much surplus stock as possible, sending major donations of coffee, food and drink to hospitals, food banks, shelters and care homes across the UK.

BAE Systems joined the industry-wide fight against Covid-19 using its 3D design and print facilities to create PPE, both in-house and through its suppliers, and provided more than 150,000 face shields between April and May. The company also developed an innovative new ventilator design in just a matter of weeks.

As the COVID-19 pandemic developed in the UK, Bristol Myers Squibb’s priorities became the safety of our employees and protecting and adapting the supply of key medicines to patients. We are also proud to have worked with NHS and charity partners to help those individuals and communities most impacted by the virus.