Our COVID-19 Response
Carlyle’s capital, network and resources have empowered our portfolio companies to deploy innovative products, services and initiatives to directly combat the spread of COVID-19, enable business continuity and support their communities.
Below is a selection of some of the initiatives we are proud to support across the globe.
CHINA: Adicon – CAP V –
Large independent clinical laboratory company
Adicon is conducting COVID-19 polymerise chain reaction (PCR) and antibody testing, contributing its efforts in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Twenty of its diagnostic laboratories received approvals to perform COVID-19 testing and have been operating since the early days of the pandemic.
GERMANY: Atotech – CP VI/CAP IV/CEP IV –
Specialty chemicals and equipment
Atotech adjusted their chemical manufacturing processes to produce hand sanitizer which it has donated to hospitals in Germany and Slovenia.
SPAIN: CEPSA – CEP V/CIEP/CIEP II/CP VII –
Spanish multi-national oil and gas company
CEPSA has been utilizing its petrochemical facilities in Spain to produce certain raw materials used in the production of pharmaceutical, medical, hygiene and high-tech products. Its production lines are helping to meet the increased global demand for items such as PPE, detergents and ventilators. The Company is also donating household supplies to 18,000 families in Spain at risk of social exclusion due to COVID-19.
OHIO: Claritas – CEOF II –
Market research company
Claritas immediately responded to a Twitter request from the White House requesting data companies to help with the COVID-19 crisis. Claritas donated current 2020 demographic data and critical healthcare facility data to MIT’s COVID-19 Policy Alliance (www.covidalliance.com). Its predictive models, partially powered by Claritas data, are now being used by multiple government entities to identify the locations of the most vulnerable in our society and to manage hospital load balancing.
ITALY: IRCA – CEP IV –
Italian producer of artisanal pastry, ice-cream and baking products
IRCA has donated €100,000 to a hospital near its headquarters in Gallarate (Lombardy region), Italy as well as raising a further €700,000. The funds will be used for PPE, ventilators and intensive care beds.
PORTUGAL: Logoplaste – CEP IV –
Global packaging container manufacturer
Logoplaste has produced and donated bottles for hand sanitizer which are being distributed to policemen, firefighters and bus drivers as well as pharmacies and health facilities nationwide.
CALIFORNIA: One Medical – CP VII –
Operator of membership-based primary care practices
One Medical is providing critical front-line healthcare services across the United States. During the early days of the pandemic, the Company created virtual COVID-19 screening services and physical drive-up testing sites across its key geographies. One Medical also made its services available across the U.S. on a virtual-only basis, significantly expanding access to critical primary care services for patients. Most recently, One Medical developed comprehensive clinical protocols and technology solutions for its employer clients to implement “Return to Work” strategies, which include screening, testing, and counseling services.
NEW JERSEY: Ortho Clinical Diagnostics – CP VI –
Global provider of in vitro diagnostics
Ortho Clinical Diagnostics released two antibody tests for COVID-19. Both tests have received FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). Ortho’s tests are accurate and production is highly scalable. Ortho’s tests both have 100% specificity, which represents the highest possible specificity. Ortho has begun shipping its antibody tests to hospitals and labs. Antibody tests provide critical information on potential immunity status (including for healthcare workers and other essential employees) and will eventually help guide return to work planning for the broader population.
UK: PA Consulting – CEP IV –
Innovation and transformation consultancy
PA Consulting is coordinating a multi-company taskforce producing ventilators in the UK to help the NHS meet heightened healthcare requirements due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The company has been providing technology, sourcing, engineering, healthcare and project management expertise as part of the government’s Ventilator Challenge programme. PA is working with some of the UK’s leading technology and engineering firms alongside smaller specialist manufacturers to rapidly build and dispatch the much needed ventilators.
NORTH CAROLINA: PPD – CP VI –
Global contract research organization
PPD has played a meaningful role in the development of COVID-19 related vaccines and treatments with 39 program awards to date. The Company expects its role to continue to grow as sponsors launch new programs and ongoing programs move into later stage trials. The current slate includes a number of the most promising current candidates on both the treatment & vaccine sides of therapy development.
BRAZIL: Rede D’Or Sao Luiz – CP VI/CSABF –
Largest private hospital chain in Brazil
Rede D’Or Sao Luiz is providing care for COVID-19 patients in its hospitals and is working with state governments to expand capacity for the public health system. Rede D’Or is helping the Brazilian government build and manage temporary field hospitals to treat the increasing number of COVID-19 patients. The Company is also donating ventilators and medical supplies to the Brazilian public healthcare system.
TENNESSEE: Sedgwick – CPVII/CGFSP III –
Global provider of technology-enabled claims and productivity management solutions
Sedgwick has been a valuable partner to businesses during the pandemic, helping administer and manage COVID-19 medical leaves, workers’ compensation claims, and business interruption claims, as well as facilitating the cleaning and disinfection of affected buildings. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Sedgwick expanded its clinical services to provide continuous support to employees with health concerns through 24/7 telephonic nurse triage services. Sedgwick is working collaboratively with employers to design return to work programs as they look to resume operations safely.
NEW JERSEY: Thomas Scientific – CEOF II –
Provider of equipment and supplies to the science community
Thomas Scientific has worked to get PPE to front line healthcare workers, first responders and at-risk workers. Carlyle also worked with Thomas Scientific directly to support logistics to ensure 4 million testing swabs got to the US market in order to build coronavirus test kits and to secure 16 million viral transport media tubes in direct support of FEMA.
ARIZONA: Walbro – CJP II –
Global provider of engine management and fuel systems
Walbro is using its engineering and manufacturing capacity to develop ventilators and equipment to protect healthcare providers during the intubation of patients.
japan: WingArc1st – CJP III –
Provider of Enterprise Output Management and Business Intelligence software
WingArc1st used its MotionBoard analytical application to create a COVID-19 map, utilizing open data to provide an update on the latest COVID-19 situation in Japan.
INDIA: Delhivery – CAP IV –
India’s third-party express delivery company
Delhivery launched a COVID-19 interactive map to provide the latest information on restricted localities in India amid the lockdown. This information is processed by its data team, synchronized with public sources and updated on a daily basis. The firm also distributed masks and hand sanitizers, and supported local authorities in distributing essentials such as food, across different parts of India, including Telangana, West Bengal, Assam, Odisha, Haryana and Chennai.
UTAH: HireVue – CP VII –
Disruptive video interviewing technology provider
HireVue is supporting Fortune 500 companies to continue to recruit candidates during the pandemic across a wide variety of entry level and experienced roles. Its support of companies who rely on university recruiting is helping to minimize the impact to graduate job seekers.
INDIA: PNB Housing Finance – CAP IV –
A housing finance company in India
PNB Housing Finance has signed an agreement with IIT-Delhi, one of the premier institutes in India, to support research and development of a distinctive prototype material that will be used in manufacturing sustainable PPE including surgical gowns and masks. The PPE kits will be supplied to government hospitals.
CALIFORNIA: Veritas – CP VI–
Data management and storage
Veritas is helping assure the continued, unimpeded global flow of information and transactions during the crisis and offering its clients pro-active protection against the spike in opportunistic ransomware and cybersecurity attacks.
IRELAND: AA Ireland Limited – CCI/CGFSP II –
Insurance (including motoring) provider
AA Ireland Limited has granted free motor rescue to all health workers and vulnerable people for the duration of the pandemic. The Company is also foregoing all charges for hotel inspection and grading during the crisis to support the hospitality industry, which has been particularly impacted.
UK: Akari Care – CSP IV –
Provider of care homes across the UK
Akari Care has been performing the essential task of caring for the most vulnerable population throughout the COVID-19 crisis. Recognizing many of its care workers were dealing with direct and indirect effects of COVID-19, either personally or within their families, the CSP team: i) sourced emergency PPE supplies to enable nursing staff to continue to provide care in a safe manner, and ii) established the Akari Care Home Support Fund for those care workers most affected by the crisis. Within one week, Carlyle’s London employees had donated over $30,000 and these funds are being allocated towards essential food deliveries to the families of care workers most in need.
NORTH CAROLINA: CommScope – CP VII –
Global provider of infrastructure solutions for broadband networks
CommScope donated over $900,000 of wireless routers and access points to support wireless systems in new hospitals, pop-up centers for emergency healthcare delivery, and school districts for virtual learning. Additionally, the Company’s 3D laser printers are being used to create much-needed face shields for healthcare workers. The global Commscope team has also donated safety glasses and masks to local healthcare facilities.
SPAIN: Codorníu – CEP IV –
The oldest winery in Spain
Codorníu has donated the use of its facilities and equipment to manufacture hand sanitizer, repurpose protective equipment and support city governments with public space sanitation,
SPAIN: CUPA – CEP IV –
Manufacturer of roof tiles
CUPA donated 2,400 protective masks to two local hospitals, Cruz Roja (NGO) and one nursing home.
SPAIN: Jeanologia – CEP V –
Manufacturer of industrial laser machinery for the textile industry
Jeanologia has repurposed its ozone-based G2 technology, which it uses for the sustainable treatment of jeans, into an innovative method for sanitizing face protection masks, and has disinfected over 200,000. Furthermore, the company recently launched an environmentally friendly cleaning technology for manufacturers, distribution centers and retailers that is certified to eliminate Covid-19 from textiles, apparel, workwear and footwear in a fast and safe way.
CHINA: JD Logistics – CAP IV –
Leading integrated warehouse and delivery player in China
JD Logistics transported over 30,000 tons of medical supplies (over 70 million items) to Wuhan City. During the early days of the pandemic, the Company provided free delivery for all donated items to Wuhan, including medicine, masks and protection gear, prioritized its orders designated for medical institutions, and opened a dedicated channel for relief materials across the country to assist Wuhan. In response to the Hubei government’s call for prevention and control, JD Logistics used its advanced supply chain technology and experience to build a supply chain management platform, which helped manage emergency supplies and ensure their delivery to the frontline medical staff in Hubei.
CHINA: McDonald’s China – CAP IV –
Quick service restaurant chain operator in China
McDonald’s China together with its partners, franchisees and suppliers, provided nearly 2,000 safety goggles and 200,000 medical masks to local hospitals in Wuhan. Through more than 1,400 McDelivery hubs nationwide, McDonald’s China also donated RMB 1 million and over 110,000 free, hot meals to local medical staff and the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
SOUTH CAROLINA: Novolex – CP VI –
Manufacturer of plastic and paper packaging products
Novolex donated significant quantities of both paper and plastic packaging bags to community organizations such as food banks as well as plastic sheeting that could be cut into visors to make face shields. Novolex has retooled six of its manufacturing facilities in North America to produce PPE – both visors and fully assembled face shields as well as isolation gowns - for first responders and other frontline workers.
CHINA: OneSmart Education – CAP IV –
K-12 tutoring company
OneSmart Education partnered with Zhenwei Education Technology Special Fund, under the China Next Generation Education Foundation, to donate online courses that enabled primary and secondary school students in Wuhan to continue their studies during the challenging time. The Company also established the Medical Angel Hero Charity Fund to support front-line medical professionals and their children as they battled the coronavirus outbreak in China. Additionally, the Company partnered with Shanghai Women's Federation, Shanghai Health Commission and Shanghai Children's Fund to donate online classes to children of medical staff in Shanghai, and to children of the Shanghai medical team who traveled to Hubei. In addition, OneSmart and Weiyi Group, China's leading eHealth company, built a free online diagnosis platform, with 15,000 doctors offering free consultations for teachers and students in a 3-minute response window.
INDIA: SBI Life Insurance – CAP IV
India’s largest private sector life insurance company
SBI Life Insurance launched the ‘WE CAN, WE WILL!’ initiative. In coordination with local health departments, SBI Life provided grocery kits to many marginalized families, especially those with pregnant women and young children, during the lockdown. The company’s employees also volunteered to contribute one day of leave, with the company donating an equivalent amount of the employee salary to support the COVID-19 relief efforts, in addition to other donations of medical supplies - PPE kits, face masks, hand gloves and hand sanitizers - for the frontline healthcare workers. Furthermore, SBI Life launched the ‘protect those who protect us’ social media initiative, providing a platform where individuals can send words of encouragement to the frontline healthcare workers, with messages delivered along with PPE kits. As part of this effort, the company released the ‘WE CAN, WE WILL!’ anthem in nine different languages to invigorate the nation to fight against COVID-19.
CHINA: Luolai – CAP V –
Chinese home textile company
Luolai upgraded and built production lines to manufacture protective masks for its employees and customers. After making these adjustments, the total production volume increased from 8,000 pieces per day to 40,000 pieces per day. The Company also donated RMB 1 million to the Hubei Charity Federation and 37,000 protective masks to frontline medical staff.
JAPAN: TOKIWA – CJP III –
A global cosmetics company engaging in the research, development and manufacturing of cosmetic products
TOKIWA has used its manufacturing facilities in the U.S. to produce hand sanitizers, responding to the request from Middlesex County Regional Chamber of Commerce (MCRCC), a premier business organization located in the Middlesex county region, New Jersey. They also donated approximately 6,000 protective masks to hospitals and police departments in the U.S.
UGANDA: ABACUS HEALTHCARE – CSSAF –
Distributor and manufacturer of pharmaceutical products in Eastern Africa
Working closely with the Ugandan Ministry of Health, Abacus donated 15,000 units of IV fluids, 100,000 doses of paracetamol and 5,000 pairs of examination gloves to support COVID-19 relief efforts. Furthermore, the company donated food and essential drugs to assist vulnerable families and market vendors near its Ugandan manufacturing facility. These donations included 5,000 kgs of maize flour, 1,000 kgs of beans, hand sanitizers, 3,000 pairs of gloves, 2,000 facemasks, and tents.