What is special about all these initiatives is that our local Datwyler employees take an active role in planning and implementation. To ensure the sustainability of the modernization measures, the local Datwyler cleaning unit takes care of regular cleaning and maintenance of the new premises and infrastructure. As part of the corporate social responsibility program, we also helped with the devastating floods in the southern Indian state of Kerala in 2018. Through a generous donation to the Kerala Relief Fund, Datwyler was able to contribute to the reconstruction of infrastructure.
Datwyler implemented further projects to improve local infrastructure in cooperation with the non-governmental organization Planet Water. In several neighboring communities, water treatment systems have been installed, system maintenance training has been offered, and children have been made aware of the issues of water conservation and personal hygiene through play. In 2020 alone, we successfully installed four water treatment systems including 24 hand washing stations. These supply over 7’000 people with clean drinking water. The fact that Datwyler cares about the future of children is also reflected in a development program for 5- to 14-year-olds. Together with Krushna Infotech, we ran a camp to help children identify their hidden talents and to support their parents in further advancement.
Datwyler is also making an important contribution to the global fight against the pandemic. The Indian manufacturing facility supports leading pharmaceutical companies by producing stoppers, plungers and other sealing solutions for the supply of COVID-19 vaccines. Datwyler also supported the residents of the surrounding villages with extensive measures to offer them more security. For this reason, we provided 45 days of food for a COVID treatment hospital and 200 meals a day for underprivileged people. In addition, Datwyler offered its employees the opportunity to be vaccinated on the premises of the Indian facility. We also donated six ventilators for the treatment of COVID-positive patients at the state hospital and supported the relief fund. In addition, Datwyler supplied masks, gloves, disinfectants and medicines to police officers, who are often at higher risk of infection.