Starting today, we are asking our 1,500 signatories to stand together and make a significant financial commitment to support COVID-19 support and recovery. We’ll be focused primarily on funding national healthcare needs — tied to ventilators, respirators and supplies for our hospitals around the US. We’re now asking our grassroots group of 1,500 CEOs and companies to follow on with financial commitments.
Additionally, we’re asking leaders to support a variety of the following initiatives:
- We’ve launched #payitforward, an initiative to ask large companies with flexible balance sheets to immediately pay their small business vendors, rather than waiting 30–45 days to pay their accounts payable. This will help them stay afloat for the next 30 days and pay their employees as best they can. We’ve also added a number of other recommendations here.
- We’re specifically focused on frontline workers — the healthcare, pharmacy, manufacturing and retail workers who still need to show up for work. We’re launching an effort with a number of universities around the US to offer COVID-19 training programs to help workers understand — what is COVID, how do i protect myself, how do I talk about this with my manager, and other crucial conversations needed to support and protect our workforce on the frontline.
- We’re also asking that business leaders, community leaders and celebrities follow Stephen and Ayesha Curry’s lead and support their local community, and better yet, their hometown. The Currys are supporting the million kids in Oakland who no longer can rely on school lunch with the funding for the Alameda County Food Bank through the crisis. The cities on the coasts are best resourced to survive this, but kids all over middle American rural communities are going to bed hungry tonight. Let’s fix that.