Nestlé Canada has announced measures to support its employees and local communities.
Effective immediately, employees located in the company's factories and distribution centres across the country will receive a temporary increase of $3 per hour, retroactive to March 16, 2020. Salaried employees in the company's factories who cannot work from home will receive a bonus as well. Additionally, in the event of any temporary shutdown related to COVID-19, up to twelve weeks full pay will be provided for all hourly and salaried staff affected by the shutdown. Employees in its retail operations which have been temporarily closed, will also receive full pay up to twelve weeks.
"As a leading food and beverage company, we are an essential service and have a critical role to play in delivering the products that Canadians depend on. Our factory and warehouse employees, who are at the heart of our organization, are making an incredible difference during this time and because of them, our products continue to be available to Canadians," says Jeff Hamilton, president and CEO, Nestlé Canada.
Other measures being taken by the company during the COVID-19 crisis:
- flexible work from home policy for employees
- KIT KAT Chocolatory and Nespresso boutiques are closed temporarily; Nespresso product sales continue online
- enhanced safety and hygiene practices and social distancing across all of the company's operations, including factories, offices and distribution centres
"In challenging times such as these, it is important to remember that our communities need our help," adds Hamilton. "Our charitable partners are experiencing a major surge in food and service requests from many vulnerable Canadians and youth who rely on these services. Now more than ever, they need our help. Nestlé Canada is proud to be supporting Food Banks Canada and Kids Help Phone with product and/or monetary donations and we encourage others to do the same."