Working together throughout Covid-19

Posted by Rik Verkaart on

Did you know that Dimexon’s fearless and hardworking team delivered more than 6,000 meals weekly during the pandemic?


We have taken many learnings from the pandemic, but, above all else, we learnt about the power of people. Across the world, people selflessly came together to help support others, and what they achieved was admirable. During the height of the pandemic, Dimexon wanted to do whatever we could to support those in need in our communities. 


Uplifting those in need has always been a part of what we do, and although our regular operations may not have been running during the pandemic, our approach was no different. We put our heads together and listened to our communities to find out what we could do to help. After identifying two local communities in Coimbatore that desperately needed support, we opened the doors to our factory once more. Instead of cutting and polishing diamonds, this time 16 members of our team set to work making meals that were then delivered to local villages. With the support of our team members, the Department of Health, Revenue and the District Collector, we were able to begin the project in less than 24 hours and were delivering meals the next day.


During this time, our team members arrived at the factory at 7am each day, and within just four hours they prepared hot food ready to be sent out into the community. These life-saving meals were then hygienically packed into containers, collected by government-funded delivery vans, and delivered to those who needed it most in our local community. In just the first week, we delivered more than 6,000 meals, and continued to do so throughout the coming months when the pandemic was at its worst. 


We also did all we could to source and distribute the correct, safe PPE to those who could not find a way to do so themselves. We wanted to show solidarity with Coimbatore, a city that has been Dimexon’s beating heart for more than half a century. We pledged to serve 30,000 meals to those in need, and by day 60 we had served more than 36,000 hot meals safely to local residents. 

Although there is no doubt that the pandemic has been an incredibly difficult time in every corner of the globe, what humbled us was the collective reaction and the brilliant things that can happen when people come together. At Dimexon, our people are at the heart of what we do, and we continue to strive to maintain the highest standards of human rights, female empowerment and sustainable ethics at each and every one of our facilities, from India to Antwerp. We will continue supporting the communities we are a part of and have set ourselves bold targets to be accountable and take progressive action. You can read more about what those targets are in our first annual ESG report Diamonds With Purpose.

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