A year of connection, action and impact
"Helping India in its hour of need is not only the right thing to do to address the current surge of cases in India, but also to address health equity globally. "
- Punit Renjen
Deloitte Global CEO Emeritus
Deloitte has confronted the COVID-19 pandemic as an organisation that strives to take care of its people, as a trusted adviser to clients, and as a corporate citizen committed to making an impact in the communities where we live and work. Around the globe, our people continue to support health care and humanitarian-response efforts aimed at recovering and rebuilding from this crisis. Since the onset of the pandemic, Deloitte firms and their people have donated money and time to nonprofit organisations, purchased and donated resources and medical equipment to local hospitals, and supported government responses. Our people’s stories are not just inspiring, but they also are a testament to how each of us can make an impact every day.
Deloitte’s community outreach in India and Brazil—two nations hit hard by the virus—illustrate the breadth of our efforts.
At its peak, India—where about 50,000 Deloitte professionals live and work—witnessed more than 200,000 new cases daily, overwhelming its public health system. In response, Deloitte launched an innovative initiative called “Sanjeevani Pariyojana” (The Life Project) to “expand the hospital ward.” Developed by the state government of Haryana in collaboration with Deloitte, this suite of interventions provided those with mild-to-moderate COVID-19 symptoms the care they needed to recover at home. This helped to create capacity at hospitals to treat critical-need patients. Based on its success, the initiative was expanded to multiple districts across India and may be introduced in Africa.
Deloitte also collaborated with the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum, US Chamber of Commerce, Business Roundtable, and the CEOs of large US companies to source and help deliver life-saving medical supplies and assistance to India. Deloitte provided project management and communications support and contributed 1,000 oxygen concentrators. More than 25,000 units were delivered thanks to donations from Deloitte and other multinationals.
Much of Deloitte’s charitable donations were directed toward United Way in Hyderabad. Donations supported critical-care infrastructure at 10 charitable hospitals in Hyderabad, Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai, and helped create 250 additional hospital beds for COVID-19 patients. Deloitte continues to work with United Way in Hyderabad to support the lives and livelihoods of families impacted by the crisis.
In Brazil, the pandemic has taken about 600,000 lives to date and amplified the country’s food insecurity and hunger crisis. Since the beginning of the crisis, more than half of households have experienced some level of food insecurity. In response, Deloitte Brazil launched the “Impacto Solidário” (Solidarity Impact) donation campaign, collaborating with community organisations to provide food for 13,200 families. Deloitte Brazil extended the impact of this campaign by engaging the Brazilian Institute of Independent Auditors and the CEOs of other Brazilian audit firms to raise awareness and donations to address the hunger crisis. Our colleagues in Brazil also worked alongside people representing more than 400 companies to support the “United for the Vaccine” initiative.