At Kaspersky, we sincerely believe that, just as in love and war, all is fair in the strange times of global lockdown.
During self-isolation, some of our employees found time to study online, do yoga, bake bread, post art parodies, or binge-watch all the seasons of their favorite TV shows once again. Some donated a share of their free time to those in need by taking up remote volunteering jobs. Some of us were even brave enough to venture out to the front line — to the red zones of hospitals — to help doctors with the overwhelming administrative backlogs. They even managed to keep working in between long hospital shifts. All of the above is testament to our workforce, who proved that we can all help in some way, even during such challenging times.
The world is yet to turn a complete corner in the ongoing fight against COVID-19, but positive success stories are important, and we felt it was important to recall how our company and team helped tackle the first wave. To that end, let’s return to early 2020.
The first red flags: donating masks to a hospital in Wuhan
Late in January, with the world still unsure of the impact the virus would have, Kaspersky’s Beijing office sent a request for help to HQ in Moscow. A hospital in Wuhan (or rather, the hospital) was in urgent need of masks, with supplies quickly running out.
It was impossible to come by respirators or latex gloves in China at that point, which was hard to believe," recalls Anastasiya Marentsova, CSR & Internal Communications Manager at Kaspersky. “The only option we had was to import them from Japan or Malaysia, but this was a challenge due to closing borders. However, the Beijing office was committed to getting masks to Wuhan, and our colleagues made sure that the hospital received the protective equipment it so desperately required.”
Despite the epidemic now spreading far beyond China, the full extent of the situation had not yet been globally recognized.
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The offer was welcomed by both small clinics and large state-funded medical centers and hospitals. Free licenses were subsequently sent across Russia, the C.I.S., Europe, the Middle East, Africa, North and Latin America, and APAC.
Kaspersky has provided350,000 licensesfor doctors and healthcare personnel.
Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Belarus, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Egypt, Germany, Honduras, Hungary, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Libya, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mongolia, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Peru, the Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Surinam, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.
In the meantime, Kaspersky’s HQ and its global offices had made the transition to remote working. Employees naturally took time to adjust to this new reality, with anxiety compounded by self-isolation. This was exacerbated among those who spent their free time volunteering at hospices and nursing homes, helping cancer patients, visiting orphanages, or even just donating blood.
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Several specialists instantly responded to Maria’s request to assist with the 3D pillow model. The European sample was made from a patented material that wasn’t produced in Russia. They needed a replacement and found it through a Moscow-based company engaged in the production of street furniture from polyurethane foam with water-resistant and antibacterial coating. Maria contacted Mikhail for more details and soon brought him a prototype. The doctor tested and approved it.
Raising money: a 1.1 million ruble donation is made to help combat coronavirus
Early in May, we launched a global fundraising campaign among our employees to help charities all over the world. By mid-May, we were calculating how much money our colleagues had donated to the accounts of various foundations and institutions at the forefront of the pandemic response.
$15,100(1,120,000 rubles)approximately was donated in total by Kaspersky employees to the pandemic response. When the fundraising campaign came to an end in May, Kaspersky donated the same amount to the International Committee of the Red Cross.
“During the pandemic, we started getting a lot of questions from employees about ways to contribute to the fight against the coronavirus and what we were doing as a company. In response, we decided to launch a fundraising campaign: we selected local and global charities all over the world and suggested making donations and sending the receipts to us. We then calculated the total amount donated by employees and transferred the same amount to the International Committee of the Red Cross.”
$5,000(370,000 rubles)to the International Committee of the Red Cross
$10,100(750,000 rubles)to 33 non-profit organizations all over the world for:
PPEs for doctors and healthcare personnel
Extending hospital capacities
Home delivery of groceries to the elderly
Food and hygiene products for the homeless
183employeesfrom Russia, Europe, the U.S., Asia, and Latin America
8currenciesused to make donations