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As Safe As Home, covid-19 campaign, Knauf Insulation

The COVID-19 crisis brought out the best in everyone at Knauf Insulation
and highlighted our incredible power of community. Here are just a
handful of examples from around our sites.

Summer Solstice 24-hour run, Knauf Insulation
SUMMER SOLSTICE 24-HOUR RELAY RUN

A total of 75 Knauf Insulation colleagues across three continents and 12 countries took part in the first Summer Solstice 24-Hour Relay Run, which started on June 20 and finished the next day. For each 30-minute slot of the 24-hour relay, there was at least one person running somewhere in the world, whether Australia, Europe or the USA. Collectively the team ran approximately 550 km in the timeline. The event was organised by UK’s Stephen Wise and Asif Dar.

Hospital Donations, Knauf Insulation
SUPPLY HELP

Knauf Insulation provided regular donations of protective clothing and equipment to Liège University Hospital in Belgium including 3,000 shoe covers, a hundred Tyvek suits and protective glasses.

Turkish hospitals
MINERAL PLUS INSTALLED IN TWO TURKISH HOSPITALS

Around 500,000 m2 of our Mineral Plus IPB series Partition  all Board was installed in two emergency hospitals in Turkey. The hospitals with a total capacity of a thousand beds were built within five weeks to meet the demands of COVID-19. One hospital was built on the site of the old Ataturk Airport, the other on the Asian side of the city. The hospitals were financed by the government and work contracted to Rönesans Holding.

Donated meals for frontline workers
MEALS ARE DONATED TO FRONTLINE WORKERS

A total of 1,822 meals were bought from local businesses and donated to frontline health care workers and first  responders such as police and fire departments by our colleagues across the US over a period of four weeks. The meals were provided to 20 facilities in all five local US plant locations. In addition, 1,250 free meals were also provided to all plant colleagues.

Visé rolls out support
BELGIAN SUPPORT

At our Visé plant in Belgium daily meals were distributed to colleagues and their families. For home-workers returning to our Visé offices after two months of confinement, there were ‘Welcome back’ packs of guidelines, masks, disinfectant and even chocolates.

KINA Welcome Back
FOCUS ON SAFE RETURN

Our US corporate office ensured colleagues were safe and informed during the transition back to work. Signage and a handbook were created to keep safety front of mind, ‘A Return to Office’ task force provided support and special training was provided to everyone.

Cookbooks
COOKBOOKS, HAPPY HOURS AND BANDANA MASKS

During the early months of the pandemic colleagues were issued with a bandana mask kit and a special Quarantine Family Cookbook was produced. Online events included virtual happy hours, wellness challenges, song list sharing and virtual team building events. Our US colleagues also supported their communities by sewing face masks and donating blood.

Volunteering at NHS
UK VOLUNTEERS

Many of our colleagues in the UK have volunteered to help the country’s National Health Service. Technical Advisor Bradley Hirst has been assembling PPE visors at home and Senior Graphic Designer Andy Evans has been delivering
prescriptions. Meanwhile, Head of Communications Jo Callow has been entertaining colleagues with morale-boosting virtual quizzes.

Improved comfort mask wearing, Knauf Insulation
IMPROVED COMFORT

A passion for 3D printing inspired a colleague in the US to create an innovative mask solution for front-line workers. Shelbyville Product Analyst Jason Bates said that when he first started wearing masks they fitted ‘OK’ but put stress on his ears. Using his 3D print skills he created a flexible neck buckle design that holds a mask comfortably in place while keeping it securely closed. More than 300 buckles have now been sent to frontline workers.

Laptop exchange
LAPTOP EXCHANGE

During the lockdown, colleagues in Slovenia donated private laptops to children who needed to follow online lessons at home. A special internal ‘Laptop Stock Exchange’ was created to enable employees to donate their unwanted private computers to parents that needed them for their children’s school homework.

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Annual Review 2020

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