BBVA launches campaign for employees
For every euro contributed by an employee, the bank will contribute another euro.
BBVA has launched a campaign among its employees to join charities in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Employees who wish to do so can partner with this cause through the "Your contribution is worth double" campaign, in which for every euro donated by an employee, the bank will contribute another euro.
Employees who want to participate can contribute whatever amount they want in order to support the fight against coronavirus. BBVA will match every contribution received. We've already reached 2 million euros. This figure is in addition to the 35 million euros that the company has already committed to allocate to combat the pandemic in those countries where it operates.
The funds collected will be used to combat COVID-19 in three ways:
- Support for public health systems by purchasing respirators and medical equipment, as well as by delivering them to official agencies.
- Socio-economic support for the most vulnerable people through financial contributions to charity organizations that work in these sectors. It also includes the participation of BBVA employees in volunteering initiatives supported by these entities.
- Support for scientific research on the disease and its treatment.
This campaign will be phased in in those countries where the Group operates.
We have donated 175 external batteries to the new IFEMA field hospital and 210 blankets to the Alcalá de Henares hospital
Thanks to initiatives by BBVA employees, the company has donated 175 external cell phone batteries to the new IFEMA field hospital and 210 blankets to the Alcalá de Henares hospital, both in Madrid.
These days, between being locked down in homes and with the sick forcibly isolated, families are kept apart and, in some cases, without news on their loved ones. A BBVA employee received a request for cell phone batteries for the new IFEMA field hospital, where there is a shortage of outlets for charging phones and other mobile devices.
From there, the idea arose of retrieving one of the gifts that the Group gave its shareholders on the occasion of its Annual General Meeting a few years ago: external cell phone batteries. That surplus (175 units) was quickly located in a warehouse in Ciudad BBVA, charged through the night and delivered within 24 hours to the new IFEMA hospital. Thanks to this initiative, patients have been able to talk to their families during this time and ease their concerns by being a little closer.
And this isn't the only help that BBVA employees have been able to offer those affected by COVID-19. A similar case was that of the blankets that a few years ago were given to BBVA shareholders. These excess blankets, together with others from the BBVA training center (210 blankets in all), have been donated to the Alcalá de Henares hospital, one of the hardest hit by coronavirus cases.