Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19) Response
We remember all those who have passed away because of COVID-19, and would like to express our heartfelt sympathy to those stricken by the disease. Through its offices, affiliates, foundations, and other entities throughout the world, Mitsui & Co. is supporting measures to combat COVID-19.
We have made donations of both money and medical supplies to medical facilities and practitioners in the Kanto and Kansai regions and Hokkaido, all of which are doing so much to combat COVID-19. Furthermore, with the support and cooperation of our business partners and affiliates, we have also donated box lunches, drinks, snacks, and other goods.
When a state of emergency was declared in Japan, 170 volunteers came together at our employees’ own initiative and procured face shields from our affiliate Fictiv Inc., with its support, and delivered those to the Tokyo Bureau of Social Welfare and Public Health. Triggered by this activity many people started wondering if there was anything that they could do to contribute as individuals. In response to a growing call for such initiatives, an in-house crowdfunding site was launched as a place to connect the circle of support by volunteers. The site matches employees who have concrete support proposals with employees who want to make donations, and this has resulted in nine support activities. We have also promoted various efforts that leverage the ideas of Mitsui & Co. employees and its global network, such as holding online English classes for the children of medical practitioners.
In the US, we have provided support through our overseas trading subsidiaries and foundations. Mitsui USA participated in a project that provides free Japanese box lunches to frontline workers at medical facilities in New York City in collaboration with the Nippon Club and Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of New York. In addition, the Mitsui USA Foundation launched a total of US$100,000 (approximately 11 million yen)*1 in COVID-19 Community Relief Grants to support various frontline food banks, shelters and other non-profit organizations and funds that are providing relief to people and communities in vulnerable situations because of COVID-19.
In Brazil, through the Mitsui Bussan do Brasil Foundation, we cooperated with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the Mitsui & Co. group company SuperVia to donate sanitary products to approximately 10,000 people in 2,345 households in low-income communities along the Rio de Janeiro railway.
In Argentina, Mitsui & Co. (Argentina) donated 700,000 Argentine pesos (approximately 1.1 million yen)*2 to the City of Buenos Aires out of consideration of the pandemic’s impact on the domestic economy.
In Italy, Mitsui & Co. Italia made a contribution of 30,000 euros (approximately 3.6 million yen)*3 to the Italian Civil Protection Department in response to the spread of the pandemic.
In China, we donated masks, protective gear, etc. to prevent infections to our affiliates, customers, and others during the initial spread of infections.
As for India, Mitsui & Co. has invested and participated in OMC Power Private Limited, a company that supplies power to people living in unelectrified areas. Through the company, we donated 3,000 food packs to local people whose lives have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Calculated assuming the exchange rates below:
*1 Exchange rate of 105 yen to the US dollar.
*2 Exchange rate of 1.5 yen to the Argentine peso
*3 Exchange rate of 120 yen to the euro