I hope this message finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy.
At the center of our company’s purpose is a commitment to “protect and beautify the world.” Today, the word “protect” is taking on an even greater significance to all of us. We are focused on protecting our people, customers and all of our stakeholders.
I want to share steps that our global PPG team is taking to proactively navigate these unprecedented times.
First, as the coronavirus began impacting China and subsequently spreading quickly around the world, PPG instituted proactive safety measures including immediately restricting all employee travel to, from and within countries considered high risk. We then put into place travel bans preventing all travel for non-essential purposes.
We are providing ongoing instructions and communications with employees on this issue, encouraging heightened awareness of general hygiene precautions, social distancing and adjusting operations according to regulations and our customers’ needs. We have directed our office employees to work remotely and have put actions in place globally at all our facilities, stores, distribution centers, and labs to ensure we keep our people safe. We continue to comply with and support all government regulations and public-health guidelines around world.
PPG people are committed to operating safely and providing the products and services that you count on. This is what inspires us and we call it “The PPG Way.” As we look at our supply chain, we are continually assessing all of our critical products and are actively working to assure we have the products available for you.
Like you, we are hopeful that, sooner rather than later, the worst will be behind us and we can begin to collectively focus on a brighter future.
Thank you for your patience and understanding. As this pandemic continues to evolve, we will remain proactive, implement additional actions to support our people and customers, and continue to keep you and all of our stakeholders informed.
We know that we are stronger together, and we will get through this unprecedented time.
Michael H. McGarry
Chairman and CEO