COVID-19: TC Transcontinental Update
As of March 24, 2020
What we are going through during this pandemic will forever mark History, as well our own history, the history of TC Transcontinental and that of all our employees. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, our focus has been to contribute responsibly to the global effort to halt the pandemic, protect the health of our employees and their families, and ensure the safe continuity of our operations that have been identified as essential or that support the essential services of our clients.
We are extremely proud to be able to contribute to the maintenance of essential services in communities. We have deployed preventive measures across the company, and we are thankful to our management and our employees for their dedication to health and safety, and for their work to support our clients’ businesses.
Here’s an update on our activities and the main safety measures we have deployed within our facilities.
The vast majority of our operations supports the vital food industry, a sector considered critical by governments, and ensures food security for people. Now more than ever, the benefits of plastic packaging make sense. Our flexible packaging protects the product it holds and extends shelf life in store and at home. We play a crucial role in the supply chain by continuing to produce the packaging of our customers, always meeting the highest standards of quality and manufacturing. Another example is our products create by our teams in Latin America to support farmers in maintaining their plantations and harvests. As a result, our verticals related to food continue to operate in a safe and secure environment. Our customers can count on us.
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Measures announced by the Canadian provinces of Québec and Ontario to close all non-essential businesses and services as of March 24 are resulting in a significant temporary reduction in printing activities, and important temporary layoffs. The governments however have recognized that our newspaper, magazine and book printing services remain an essential service for keeping the public informed and educated. In addition, our service offering to essential retailers during this global pandemic includes in-store marketing product printing that allow them to communicate public health guidelines to their customers. The same applies to the printing and distribution of flyers from retailers identified among priority businesses and essential services, including food, drug and hardware stores. Flyers share important information on the activities of essential services, help people better manage their personal finances, help break isolation, and participate in people's decision-making in their online purchases and in planning their limited travel to and from retailers, in accordance with current government recommendations.
Our people at TC Media Books also support distance teaching and learning initiatives for all levels of education. Until the end of the current school year or session, all elementary, secondary, college and university teaching resources offered on the i+Interactive and i+Interactive elementary platforms are now available free of charge. We will also continue to print and distribute educational books to facilitate student learning and prepare for September 2020 back-to-school. Our users are delighted with this decision and we are also very proud of it.
We have put in place responsible behaviours in order to offer a safe and secure environment within our facilities. Here are some examples:
- Maintaining physical distance;
- The addition of equipment and furniture to encourage physical distance;
- Maintaining a clean work environment;
- Temperature controls in plants;
- Limited access to our facilities;
- Imposing quarantines;
- Mandatory telework for all employees who can work from home;
- Mandatory hand washing many times a day;
- Minimizing movements;
- Banning travels.
Early on, we activated our crisis unit and actively deployed our company-wide crisis management and communication plan. Senior management reviews the situation daily, follows government guidelines in the countries where we operate and adjusts our strategy and practices accordingly, addresses the issues raised by our managers and employees, undertakes new preventive actions and updates our safety guidelines as needed. Together, we can make a difference. We are united, prudent and responsible.
For more information, do not hesitate to write to us.