The coronavirus pandemic has been hard for everyone, but some places in the world have had it worse than others. Vietnam, for example, was hit particularly hard. For many people in Ho Chi Minh, it has literally been a struggle to survive.
To control the virus, Vietnam has enforced strict restrictions. There was a curfew from 18.00 to midnight, no movement between provinces or within the cities, and a ban on delivery services and shopping voucher allocations. Only one person per household could go out to do the shopping once a week.
The Vietnamese government also decided that all factory workers should work, eat and sleep on site. In other words, they were at the factory 24 hours a day. Many factory workers have spent more than nine weeks at work.
This situation has been tremendously challenging both for our Vietnamese employees and for Jotun as a company. We supported the employees as much as we could by making sure that they have everything they need on the premises.
These efforts are appreciated by both the employees themselves and their families – and by Vietnam’s government. On inspection, they praised us for the level of standard and the quality of the facilities.