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Jacobs Announces Response to Ensure Safety During COVID-19 Outbreak; Steve Demetriou Quoted

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Jacobs has developed new initiatives in light of COVID-19 to ensure the safety and well-being of citizens and communities and deliver on the commitments to its clients, the company announced on Monday.

“As part of our Culture of Caring, we unite employees across the globe to foster a workplace that values the safety, positive mental health and inclusion of all employees,” said Steve Demetriou, chairman and CEO of Jacobs. “We took early, decisive action in a couple of critical areas to help in efforts to flatten the curve of the virus.”

Jacobs has executed a maximum remote working environment to support social distancing and are leveraging technology and optimizing our networks to facilitate flexible work scenarios for its employees to ensure business continuity and continued collaboration with its clients.    

The company has also supported essential and mission-critical activities, playing an integral role in supporting clients in their efforts to mitigate the spread, develop vaccines and therapies, and ensure the safety and security of countries and communities around the world. 

Jacobs will continue to work with its clients and have established project-specific plans to ensure the safety of our people and the integrity of the operation.  The company will also support efforts to solve challenges from the pandemic through client partnerships, including FEMA and U.S. Corps of Engineers support in creating mobile hospital units in hot zones of the U.S.

The company has donated $1 million to the COVID-19 crisis to help global organizations on the frontline of fighting this pandemic, including an employee matching program for local efforts. To support Jacobs' global giving efforts, the company’s senior executives have agreed to a 10 percent reduction in salary.  

“I am truly inspired by the actions and sacrifices we are making as a collective global community in the face of this pandemic. To see people across the world pitching in and helping each other in ways big and small fills me with confidence and optimism for the future.  Let's keep this going well past this current challenge,” concluded Demetriou. 

About Jacobs   

At Jacobs, we're challenging today to reinvent tomorrow by solving the world's most critical problems for thriving cities, resilient environments, mission-critical outcomes, operational advancement, scientific discovery and cutting-edge manufacturing, turning abstract ideas into realities that transform the world for good. 

With $13 billion in revenue and a talent force of more than 55,000, Jacobs provides a full spectrum of professional services including consulting, technical, scientific and project delivery for the government and private sector.