Inspiring Businesses that Give Back to the Community

Business and Conscience: Inspiring Examples of Companies Giving Back during Coronavirus Outbreak

  1. Jackson Brown Jr. once said, “Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.” Couldn’t agree more, right? I don’t know about you, but this virus outbreak somehow opens my eyes towards what I can’t see and what I don’t know. You only know the importance of washing hands properly and how to do it after the outbreak. You know the importance of growing your human conscience during this period and you certainly know some people are not willing to be selfless and instead being the opposite of it by taking advantage of the situation. However, if there was one thing that was mostly tested in this outbreak, I could say that businesses could be prompted to take certain actions to the next level, in a cringeworthy way. Sure, the Melbourne SEO services I have provided for the past few years might be losing some of our customers this year, but that’s actually the risk we might see coming, but not the virus. That being said, I wouldn’t start selling masks and hand sanitizers just because of this situation and I am sure my employer wouldn’t do that either. Yes, when I mentioned this, I have seen some businesses doing ridiculous things just as a way to deal with coronavirus outbreak. I mean, a restaurant that sells food and beverages could go so far by selling masks and hand sanitizers on Grab Food. Like, what the… Okay, I don’t want to curse here, but I didn’t see that coming. That being said, setting aside this kind of discovery, let’s start seeing kindness everywhere conducted by inspiring companies that give back to the community during coronavirus outbreak that can become your inspiration as well. Yes, there are people who are nice out there. If those businesses can do it, you can do it too. Keep reading this article to be inspired!

As mentioned above, here are the companies that are giving back to the community:

  • Microsoft announced that they will keep paying the hourly workers who support their campus.
  • Google established a COVID-19 fund that enables all temporary staff and vendors, globally, to take paid sick leave if they have potential symptoms of COVID-19, or can’t come into work because they’re quarantined. They have also made their video conferencing service, Hangouts Meet, available for all G-suite customers until July 1, 2020.
  • Forbes8 is hosting a free digital summit on March 20, 2020 under the theme of Business Resilience: Thriving in Crucial Times. The speaker roster includes top experts and best-selling authors such as Chris Brogan, Rohit Bhargava, and Dorie Clark. Many of the speakers were slated to speak at the cancelled SXSW this year.
  • LinkedIn is opening up 16 of its learning courses for free. Courses that provide tips on how to stay productive, build relationships when you’re not face-to-face, use virtual meeting tools and balance family and work dynamics in a healthy way.
  • Adobe is giving higher education and K-12 institutional customers of their Creative Cloud apps the ability to request temporary “at-home” access for their students and educators. This is being granted through May 31, 2020 at no additional cost and is available globally.
  • Amazon is hiring 100,000 more workers and giving raises to current staff to deal with coronavirus demands. Well, unlike some bosses who cut people’s salary with an excuse of coronavirus outbreak, Amazon is doing amazing things to appreciate their employees.
  • Starbucks has extended its mental health benefits. In partnership with Lyra Health, Starbucks is offering its partners personalized, confidential mental health care, 20 free in-person or video sessions every year for partners and each of their eligible family members, online scheduling with most providers available within two weeks, and access to a provider network of mental health therapists and coaches.
  • Dolce & Gabbana announced that it has partnered with Humanitas University to fund a coronavirus research project.
  • Giorgio Armani has donated $1.43 million dollars to four hospitals in Rome and Milan, as well as to the Civil Protection Agency.

Denzel Washington said, “At the end of the day it’s not about what you have or even what you’ve accomplished… it’s about who you’ve lifted up, who you’ve made better. It’s about what you’ve given back.” It’s never too late to share kindness and you are not going to be poor for that. You don’t have to give millions if you can’t afford it. A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal, so whatever you have and you want to give, that’s all that matters.