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Together in the fight against Coronavirus
In early 2020, while the development of this sustainability report was underway the world was shaken by a statement made by the World Health Organization (WHO) that the Coronavirus outbreak in China had now turned into a global pandemic. Immediately, governments, businesses, and citizens in all countries were called upon to take action against the spread of the contagion and stop the proliferation of this disease which has since become known as Covid-19.

Athena Foods acted with responsibility and agility, following the guidelines established by the WHO and other local authorities, adopting its own measures to protect its employees and their families, partners, and local communities in order to assist society as a whole in the fight against the spread of the virus. The following is a summary of the actions taken:

Internal
  • Creation of a crisis management committee assisted by a team of infectious disease specialists from the Albert Einstein Hospital, located in the city of São Paulo, in Brazil, to help guide and follow-up on the prevention measures that have been adopted;
  • Preventive leave for more than 338 employees, identified within the at-risk group (over 55 years of age, pregnant, with chronic diseases);
  • Home-office work placement for more than 407 employees;
  • Campaigns for vaccination against influenza;
  • Temperature monitoring of 100% of those involved in operations;
  • Suspension of travel;
  • Dividing plant employees into groups in order to ensure safe distancing between employees and avoid crowding;
  • Installation of alcohol gel dispensers;
  • Hygienization and sanitization of public areas ( turnstiles), cafeterias, dressing rooms, hallways and public transportation);
  • Strengthening the sanitary protocol of operation;
  • Distancing in the areas subject to crowding (cafeterias, changing rooms and entrances);
  • Restriction and suspension of site visits from suppliers and service providers;
  • Ventilation of enclosed spaces, such as meeting rooms, administrative offices, break and recreation areas;
  • Distribution of more than 20 preventive guidelines through email, banners, posters, murals, WhatsApp messages and other forms of communication;

External

The Company, through Athena Foods, has adopted initiatives to benefit the local health agencies and other institutions in Argentina, Colombia, Paraguay and Uruguay.

Argentina began daily production of 70% alcohol gel at its unit located in the Province of Santa Fe, which was donated to the local hospital, where it also received mobile ICUs rented by the Company. Additionally, the City of Vila Governador Gálvez received a shipment of pâtés and hamburgers to be donated to the local community, in addition to 70% alcohol gel.

The Montería Municipal Hospital, located in the northern Colombian province of Córdoba, received uniforms, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and 70% alcohol gel. Beef was also donated to the city for distribution to people in conditions of social vulnerability.

In Paraguay, the District Hospital of Belén, located in the municipality of Concepción, received 70% alcohol gel, uniforms, masks, gloves and goggles. In addition, the Company donated thermometers and furniture for the waiting room, as well as PPE and cleaning kits to the Federal Government, for distribution to the hospitals that needed them most.

In Uruguay, efforts consisted in donating beef to schools and the Uruguayan Instituto Turístico Hoteleiro, as well as supporting the Refeições Solidárias project which distributes dishes to needy children and families in the Uruguayan capital and the city of Melo, respectively.

A fund for donations was created in partnership with the Cooperativa de Produtores Pecuaristas of Uruguay to carry out social activities. Athena Foods financially contributed and was made responsible for coordinating the purchase of supplies and subsequent donations to entities indicated by the Ministry of Social Development. The Company also provided food baskets and weekly meals to needy families in the city of Paso Carrasco, located in the state of Canelones.

It’s too early to know the impact on business
The wide spread of the Coronavirus has caused several challenges that have impacted the global economy. However, markets such as the Middle East and Asia, particularly China, have continued to show a steady demand, particularly as of March, boosting exports both in volume and price.

Athena Foods continues to maintain a positive outlook for the year. There continues to exist an imbalance in the supply and demand for beef worldwide. In addition, key consumer markets and emerging markets particularly in China, have continued to import. Furthermore, food production is regarded as an essential activity.

The Company will continue its food production following the guidelines of the World Health Organization (WHO) and other leading agencies, with the safety of its employees as its foremost priority.

Please note: The photos in this publication were taken before the Covid-19 pandemic, therefore people were not wearing masks.