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We are in the midst of a global public health crisis and it is touching all of us. Everyone is affected and everyone is involved. It’s a crisis for all humanity. And that’s why Hyundai Motor is actively joining the global effort to combat the virus. This is not just our choice. It’s our responsibility.
Our sincerest gratitude goes to those on the front line and their families, who are making greatest sacrifices to combat the disease. We stand in solidarity with all healthcare professionals and volunteers and recognize how invaluable their contribution is in this intense time. Personal exposure to the disease is a huge concern and fear amongst medics and the families, and there is a growing need to ensure provision of adequate personal protection, which doesn’t stop when healthcare workers leave the hospital.
For this reason, Hyundai is offering fleet cars to transport medics to and from hospitals across the world to ensure their personal protection, safety and comfort.
There is an unspoken but very real fear of risk of exposure to the disease that we face day in and day out. I depend on public transport to get to work, so it’s reassuring to know that travelling to and from work is as safe as it can be in a sterilized car provided by Hyundai. - Denise Martins dos Santos, a nursing assistant at Public Health Clinic Amélia Leite, Brazil.
Our hearts also go out to all those whose health has been directly and indirectly affected by the virus, not only our health, but our daily routines, family life, jobs, financial stability and, crucially, our mental health. For us, all of these concerns are important and worthy of our attention. We are offering direct aid the communities need most: donation, medical equipment, and personal protection equipment, as well as fleet of vehicles to volunteers who provide support to those in need of support.
Maddy Darley, a UK volunteer, is part of emergency 4x4 response team delivering food packages, medication and essential to those who are shielding or at risk.
Our Efforts around the World
As of 9 April, we have taken the following measures. For as long as the pandemic poses a serious threat to humanity, we will roll them out, as well as adding new measures. We are offering help on both a global and local community level.
Volunteers and healthcare workers in Spain
Supported by #YoCedoMiCoche campaign in Spain
People’s safety is paramount to us and we are making it possible for employees to work from home, in accordance with government guidelines. We are also providing disinfection of buildings and providing sanitisation items where available. For our customers, we have rolled out the ‘Hyundai C A R E’ warranty extension program and have created a digital showroom and provide online booking wherever possible.
Recently we released two digital films - #ThisIsUs - to raise spirits and celebrate the courage, resilience and caring acts of people around the world in response to the crisis. The film is available to watch here.
In China we have delivered emergency supplies and donated to various medical facilities in the worst affected areas. In Korea, we have offered our training centres to be used as treatment facilities during the pandemic.
On a wider level, we are offering free car disinfection services to all car owners, regardless of the brand. In our support for the mobility industry in these uncertain financial times, we have sped up payments to small and medium suppliers.
Finally, in India we have donated test kits imported from Korea, given financial aid to the Public Relief Fund and supplied ventilators in partnership with local vendors.
In Brazil, we have launched the Hyundai Solidarity Transport program, offering free transportation for the elderly and healthcare professionals. We are also providing cars and supplies to medical teams as well as 3D printing acrylic masks to support the city of Piracicaba.
Across the United States, we have re-launched the Hyundai Assurance Job Loss Protection program to help those financially affected by the virus. We have also created a ‘Hyundai Hope on Wheels’ fund for children’s hospitals to support drive-thru testing across the U.S. Finally, in Canada we are helping the youth affected by the virus by donating to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Emergency Relief Fund.
Consultant in Brazil
Across Europe, we have been providing vehicle fleets to people in need. In Czech Republic, Poland and Spain they are being given to hospitals and healthcare facilities.
In the UK our fleets are being given to volunteers and self-isolating customers. In France and Czech we are giving respirators and financial aid to governments as well as communities. In many countries, including Russia, Slovakia, U.K we are now using our social media accounts to deliver important health and safety messaging to the public.
Volunteer in UK