Special Report

Companies That Are Helping Americans Fight COVID-19

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17. Johnson & Johnson
> Industry: Consumer goods
> Headquarters: New Brunswick, NJ

Johnson & Johnson will donate 10,000 sets of goggles to health care workers in its home state of New Jersey. It has also pledged $50 million to various organizations aiding frontline health care workers who are researching the virus and treating patients.

J&J and Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority committed to spend over $1 billion to try to develop a COVID-19 vaccine.

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18. Kroger
> Industry: Groceries
> Headquarters: Cincinnati, OH

Many grocery stores and distributors workers have demanded increased compensation as they continue to work as essential employees. Kroger has agreed to a $2 per hour hazard pay raise. The grocery chain has also begun equipping stores with partitions at registers and shortening store hours to give employees time to restock and rest. The company, which saw same-store sales jump 30% compared to February, also donated $3 million to food banks.

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19. Loom
> Industry: Tech
> Headquarters: San Francisco, CA

Loom’s software allows users to make videos by capturing their screen, webcam, and microphone and instantly share the recording. In response to the outbreak, the company made its Loom Pro service free to all educators forever, not just during the pandemic, giving them better tools to teach students from afar. The company also removed recording limits on its free plan, extended free trials, and halved the price of Loom Pro for non-educators.

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20. New England Patriots
> Industry: Sports
> Headquarters: Foxborough, MA

With sports leagues in America having halted play because of the pandemic, the New England Patriots put their idle plane to good use. Team owner Robert Kraft and his son and team president Jonathan Kraft worked with Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker to purchase 1.2 million masks in early April, sending the team’s plane to pick them up from China. Kraft and his family paid $2 million to buy these masks as well as another shipment of half a million more masks, 300,000 of which were marked for New York City.

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21. Nike
> Industry: Sporting goods
> Headquarters: Beaverton, Oregon

Nike converted portions of its factories to make face shields and air-purifying respirators. The sporting goods and apparel giant worked with Oregon Health & Science University to repurpose padding, cords, and shoe soles into personal protective equipment that was donated to the university beginning in April.