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Beiersdorf and Ashoka Join Forces to Fight COVID-19 Consequences

This article originally appeared on Changemakers United

Hamburg, November 4, 2020 – COVID-19 keeps hitting the whole world hard – and its ultimate socioeconomic consequences cannot be foreseen today. Against this background, Beiersdorf launched its global “Care Beyond Skin” aid program with a volume of 50 million euros at the very beginning of the COVID-19 crisis. The program comprises two pillars: Immediate aid such as the production and donation of one million liters of disinfectant to hospitals and health care professionals around the world, and long-term support to fight the pandemic’s consequences.

Among the long-term initiatives, Beiersdorf is now setting up partnerships with international NGOs to provide sustainable medium- and long-term support to vulnerable communities who have been hit particularly hard by COVID-19. Ashoka, with a specific focus on supporting social entrepreneurs, has now been chosen to receive substantial funding. Innovators with a social mission are vital first responders to the COVID-19 crisis and uniquely positioned to pioneer a new approach for today’s change leaders and governments.

“Entrepreneurship and innovation are embedded in our company DNA – and they are also the idea driving Ashoka. Ashoka is seeking to tackle the world’s social issues with the ideas of individual citizens that can be scaled up to a broader level. The aim of our collaboration is to fund innovative solutions that tackle the socioeconomic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. We want to foster positive change and provide our support across the countries and regions that need it most,” explains Stefan De Loecker, Chief Executive Officer of Beiersdorf AG.

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Social entrepreneurs are the engine that drives social innovations. But they often lack access to important resources and networks. This has been especially so during these times of COVID-19, in which many countries’ socioeconomic problems have further increased. Together with Beiersdorf, we will be able to support where help is most urgently needed – and roll out effective solutions on a broad scale based on the innovative ideas of our social entrepreneurs.