ET Bureau Last Updated: May 18, 2020, 09.47 PM IST

NEW DELHI: Industrial and automotive supplier Schaeffler IndiaNSE 0.11 % on Monday shared details of the company’s contribution towards fighting the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Schaeffler India took two initiatives in joining the support – procurement of emergency health equipment for a government run hospital in Pune and voluntary donation of a part of salaries by employees, with the company matching an equivalent amount, according to a release.

Schaeffler procured and donated emergency medical equipment and essentials for a government run hospital (Aundh hospital) in Pune city. The Aundh Hospital that specializes in treating of diseases related to the respiratory system has been identified as a dedicated COVID-19 hospital by the ministry. It is a 300-bed facility, with allocation of 50-beds to their isolation ward to treat COVID 19 patients and 10 beds to the ICU facility. The equipment and essentials provided by Schaeffler India have improved its capacity to fight against COVID 19 pandemic and treatment of patients.

In addition, employees voluntarily donated a part of their April salaries, while the company matched the amount to contribute to PM Cares fund set up by the government. The total amount contributed by employees and the company was Rs 12.70 million.

Santanu Ghoshal, VP – HR and CSR, Schaeffler India said, “These are difficult times and its heart wrenching to think of the daily wage earners and their plight. We were determined to contribute to the PM Care Fund as an organization. I am happy to see that each and every employee of Schaeffler India has come forward to contribute to the fund and together as an organization we have been able to support the government initiative.”

Schaeffler India has been reaching out far and wide to contribute to human progress and positively touch the lives of the surrounding communities through their flagship CSR initiative called HOPE, which stands for Healthcare, Occupation Skills for Employability, Preservation of National Heritage, Art and Culture and Empowerment of Society.