Stopping the Spread: Industry leaders sign open letter to Canadian businesses

Toronto, Ontario ⁠— Automotive industry leaders from businesses across Canada have signed an open letter to businesses, urging them to do their part in stopping the spread of COVID-19.

Originally published in the National Post and signed by more than 110 company leaders from across the nation⁠—including industry leaders from 3M Canada, BASF Canada, General Motors, Desjardins Insurance, Scotiabank and Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters⁠—the open letter urges business owners to keep employees informed to do their part in stopping the spread and flattening the curve.

“Understand that your employees are looking to you for leadership and trusted information in turbulent times,” reads the letter. “Share trusted advice from public health agencies and communicate consistently and clearly with your employees. Recap the latest guidance and show them what you’re doing to support it.”

The letter also urges leaders to facilitate work-from-home protocols wherever possible, if the practice has not been pursued already. Provide essential services, according to provincial lists, but continue to conduct business with as little person-to-person contact as possible.

“We urge every leader in the country to immediately shift focus to the singular objective of slowing the pace of transmission of this coronavirus,” reads the letter. “While this will have a significant economic impact on our businesses in the short term, it is critical to weathering this storm and will hasten the recovery.”

Click here to read the full letter.

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