Special Coronavirus Video Message from President and CEO Howard Coker
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Sonoco's Coronavirus Planning
Sonoco's Coronavirus Planning Efforts:
In the event of any type of Coronavirus pandemic, Sonoco's primary objectives would be to take reasonable measures to help protect the health and safety of employees and their families and to help provide continuing availability of products critical to our customers.
Sonoco Employee Health Screening Questionniare COVID 19 3-16-2020
CDC Guidance on Return to Work Following Exposure
Sonoco Workplace Controls
Sonoco Visitor Screening
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Coronavirus Workplace Controls_March 13
Supply Management Update on Coronavirus related Supplies
Supply Management PPE- COVID-19
Supply Management Selecting Cleaning and Disinfecting Products
Coronavirus Supply Chain response Mar 17
Supplier Facility Visits
General Statement for Customers, etc.
What to do when an employee is sick
The following link provides regularly updated information on virus outbreaks from the International SOS:
International Coronavirus Preparedness
The following documents are designed to help managers learn more about the pandemic and developing plant-specific plans.
Sonoco has also determined that the news media will not be a primary source of information about the Coronavirus.
The only approved sources include:
The World Health Organization
The Center for Disease Control
The U.S. Government's coronavirus web site
OSHA web site for protecting employees
Posters and Handouts
Sonoco has multi-lingual printable resources available for download. Visit our Posters and Handouts page to learn more.
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May 19, 2020
The following communication is from Howard Coker, president and CEO. Please do not respond using the Outlook reply all function.
With the ongoing developments concerning the spread of COVID-19 Coronavirus, BUSINESS TRAVEL CONTINUES TO BE RESTRICTED. Travelers must provide justification and receive written approval from Howard Coker, Rodger Fuller or one of their direct reports.
Under current conditions, NO AIR OR RAIL TRAVEL and NO INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL is authorized. In certain locations, self-driving trips will be permitted on a case by case basis but must still be approved by Howard Coker, Rodger Fuller or one of their direct reports.
Key Considerations when determining if travel should be undertaken:
- If travel was avoided, it could impact the health, safety and security of our associates
- Travel is required to fulfill legal requirements
- If travel was avoided, it could result in the loss of a customer or potential customer, or have a significant negative impact on operations and/or the delivery of customer orders
- Travel is required to prevent a probable interruption of business continuity or customer relationships and where remote mitigation strategies are not effective
Overnight hotel stays are permitted only in Sonoco preferred establishments.
Sonoco has not imposed any restrictions on employee’s personal travel. Employees who choose to engage in personal travel should be prepared to meet any quarantine requirements for the travel destination and/or upon return to the departure location. Employees are personally responsible for (1) confirming any quarantine times required prior to traveling; (2) advising their supervisor of required quarantine periods to ensure adequate job coverage; and (3) understanding that any government quarantine periods will be either deducted from vacation banks or taken as unpaid time from work, but would not be counted against the local attendance policy for discipline purposes. Once an employee has returned from vacation, then they are subject to the same Employee Health Screening as before and must be able to pass prior to resuming work.