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People’s health is very important to us

All safety measures taken by Wilo over the course of the coronavirus pandemic serve primarily to protect the health of our staff, our customers and partners, all of our stakeholders. By taking these measures, we are doing our best to prevent chains of infection from developing at our locations and therefore also reduce the business risks for us and our partners. To counter any uncertainty as best we can, to create maximum transparency, and to encourage active communication, we are seeking to establish close dialogue with our employees and want to support them, where we can, in our daily handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Of course, we are also available to advise our customers and are there for you – worldwide, at all our locations, both digitally and in person.

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Our measures for protecting against COVID-19

The Go-Ahead Task Force, which was implemented early on across departments, monitors the global occurrence of infection on a daily basis and analyses the effects in relation to dimensions such as “employees”, “customers”, “supply chains”, “production sites” and “communication”. On this basis, packages of measures, action plans and guidelines were established and implemented for all business units across locations. An internal news blog, which is sometimes updated multiple times over the course of the day, regular video conferences involving management and, where possible, “analogue” discussion groups provide a good flow of communication and ensure that all measures are understood and implemented. Among other things, we also introduced comprehensive safety and hygiene measures at a very early stage of the pandemic. Thanks to our excellent IT infrastructure, we were also able to offer our employees, depending on their area of responsibility, the chance to work from home immediately. We offered extensive support to all those who belonged to a particular risk group or needed to find child care or look after a dependant or relative. Routing systems within the building, restrictions when using meeting rooms and lifts, as well as new booking plans for the restaurants at the Wilopark are just a few further examples.

Masks are now mandatory at all German locations, we have implemented a digital reporting platform for all those returning from abroad, and we offer a free coronavirus test to anyone travelling from a potential risk zone. In addition, there is an obligation to wear so-called Kinexon SafeTags in the production area, which monitor and ensure compliance with the safety distance of 1.5 metres. Also in Dortmund, for example, a dedicated rapid testing centre has been set up in November 2020 for the workforce in premises rented by Wilo in cooperation with the German Red Cross.

Testzentrum Dortmund

Wilo has installed 30 test stations at the Wilopark in Dortmund, for example. To ensure correct sampling, clocks were also set up at each place.

Since the end of March 2021, Wilo has been offering its employees based at sites in Germany free, voluntary coronavirus self-tests five days a week. To do this, part of the production area was freed up at the Wilopark in Dortmund in order to set up our own test centre with a total of 30 stations. Testing is documented with the help of our own in-house programmed software and, in this way, results can be assigned without any doubt. Around 7,000 tests had already been carried out by the end of April. The tests help to identify infections early on and therefore prevent the virus from spreading. The self-test arrangements developed by Wilo’s “Go-Ahead Task Force” in Dortmund can fundamentally be regarded as a blueprint that can then be adapted and implemented accordingly at Wilo sites all over the world.

With this initiative, aside from caring for the health of its employees, the technology specialist is also making an important contribution to society as a whole. “With our self-test campaign, we’ve deliberately gone a step beyond the official requirements. In particular, Wilo is ensuring that system-relevant sectors and critical infrastructures stay up and running”, explains Oliver Hermes, President and CEO of the Wilo Group. Even before the self-testing centre had been set up, Wilo was working together with the German Red Cross to carry out rapid tests of employees as well as their professional contacts in suspected cases.

As part of forward planning with a deliberate “Go Ahead” approach, the next steps in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic are also almost complete: “We already have ready-made plans with our company doctors for how we could fully vaccinate the entire Wilo workforce in the quickest possible way. This would allow us to combine our existing testing infrastructure with vaccine infrastructure without any issues. However, for this to happen, first of all, the licences for company doctors have to be extended, and the vaccines have to be available”, says Oliver Hermes. These plans are already being implemented at two sites: In Hof in Bavaria, 107 colleagues recently received their first dose thanks to a special vaccine allocation, and the production staff in the Noginsk factory near Moscow in Russia have also already been vaccinated. “We also see the vaccine distributions as a recognition of supplying systemically important infrastructures”, explains Oliver Hermes. “This is how Wilo playing a significant role in reducing the spread of the virus as well as the negative impact it has in the medical, economic and social spheres”.

Testzentrum Dortmund

Wilo has installed 30 test stations at the Wilopark in Dortmund, for example. To ensure correct sampling, clocks were also set up at each place.

Since the end of March 2021, Wilo has been offering its employees based at sites in Germany free, voluntary coronavirus self-tests five days a week. To do this, part of the production area was freed up at the Wilopark in Dortmund in order to set up our own test centre with a total of 30 stations. Testing is documented with the help of our own in-house programmed software and, in this way, results can be assigned without any doubt. Around 7,000 tests had already been carried out by the end of April. The tests help to identify infections early on and therefore prevent the virus from spreading. The self-test arrangements developed by Wilo’s “Go-Ahead Task Force” in Dortmund can fundamentally be regarded as a blueprint that can then be adapted and implemented accordingly at Wilo sites all over the world.

With this initiative, aside from caring for the health of its employees, the technology specialist is also making an important contribution to society as a whole. “With our self-test campaign, we’ve deliberately gone a step beyond the official requirements. In particular, Wilo is ensuring that system-relevant sectors and critical infrastructures stay up and running”, explains Oliver Hermes, President and CEO of the Wilo Group. Even before the self-testing centre had been set up, Wilo was working together with the German Red Cross to carry out rapid tests of employees as well as their professional contacts in suspected cases.

As part of forward planning with a deliberate “Go Ahead” approach, the next steps in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic are also almost complete: “We already have ready-made plans with our company doctors for how we could fully vaccinate the entire Wilo workforce in the quickest possible way. This would allow us to combine our existing testing infrastructure with vaccine infrastructure without any issues. However, for this to happen, first of all, the licences for company doctors have to be extended, and the vaccines have to be available”, says Oliver Hermes. These plans are already being implemented at two sites: In Hof in Bavaria, 107 colleagues recently received their first dose thanks to a special vaccine allocation, and the production staff in the Noginsk factory near Moscow in Russia have also already been vaccinated. “We also see the vaccine distributions as a recognition of supplying systemically important infrastructures”, explains Oliver Hermes. “This is how Wilo playing a significant role in reducing the spread of the virus as well as the negative impact it has in the medical, economic and social spheres”.

Go Ahead Task Force

The Wilo solidarity fund

The Wilo solidarity fund is intended in particular as a bonus to benefit professional groups in the Wilo workforce who are exposed to particular risks during the coronavirus pandemic. Distribution is based on objective criteria such as the number of infections and deaths in the respective countries at a national level, as well as the number of employees exposed to particular risks. Thanks to the great commitment and motivation of all involved, up to this point we have managed to navigate the coronavirus crisis very successfully and at the same time serve our customers to the usual very high standards.