Last Wednesday (19), Grupo +Unidos held a meeting to present to the representatives of its associated companies the new US Ambassador to Brazil, and also Honorary President of the + Unidos Council, Todd C. Chapman. The main objective of the meeting was to discuss existing actions and possible ways to mobilize the private sector in the face of the new coronavirus scenario.
The opening speech was given by David Bunce, President of the organization’s Council, who thanked and acknowledged the participation of all the leaders. Present were Adam Shub, US Consul General in SP, and Ted Gehr, Director of USAID Brasil, in addition to representatives of Bank of America, BCW, Dow, ExxonMobil, KPMG, Hilton, GE, Gerdau, Qualcomm, PayPal, Trench Rossi Watanabe, Citi, Caterpillar, International Paper and USAID.
In his presentation, Todd Chapman stressed the importance of collaborative work and signaled that he intends to remain linked to Grupo +Unidos and its initiatives. “We know that American companies, longtime partners, are doing an extraordinary job. I am very proud of what the private sector is doing, including in relation to fighting the pandemic, and this has been part of my message as the US Ambassador to Brazil, ”he commented.
Then, Augusto Corrêa, current Executive Director of the organization, exposed information about the current context of dissemination of the new coronavirus, highlighting the role of the private sector, which has already mobilized more than 3.8 billion in donations in Brazil to fight the disease. The data taken from the Donations Monitor show that this amount exceeds what was donated throughout the year in corporate social responsibility actions, which demonstrates the high degree of engagement and concern on the part of the sector.
Augusto explained how Grupo +Unidos is positioning itself in such a scenario, in addition to monitoring the actions of member companies in all its communication channels. The organization announced the creation of a fund in partnership with the private sector to benefit initiatives to combat COVID-19.
With donations from large companies, the fund will direct resources to social organizations that are promoting work to support public health and help at-risk populations in the country. “Grupo +Unidos has built a very interesting strategy for its operations and I would like to extend the invitation to companies that are interested in walking with us in this initiative,” said Augusto.