Other American CEOs who also joined the task force include Mark Suzman, CEO, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Joshua Bolten, President & CEO, Business Roundtable and Suzzane Clark, President & CEO
Top US CEOs and prominent Indian Americans Sundar Pichai of Google, Punit Renjen of Deloitte, and Shantanu Narayen from Adobe have joined hands to extend help to India amid mounting fatalities in the gargantuan second wave of the pandemic.
The three CEOs joined the steering committee of the Global Task Force on Pandemic Response, a first of its kind corporate sector initiative to help India fight Covid-19.
Pichai, Renjen and Narayen joined the task force on Thursday. The three have been quite active in organising aid from US companies in response to the pandemic in India.
Other American CEOs who also joined the task force on Thursday include Mark Suzman, CEO, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Joshua Bolten, President & CEO, Business Roundtable and Suzzane Clark, President & CEO, US Chamber of Commerce.
Global Task Force on Pandemic Response is a public-private partnership organised by the US Chamber of Commerce and aided by Business Roundtable. It is working in tandem with US-India Business Council and US-India Strategic Partnership Forum to take quick steps to help address the dire situation in India.
The private sector in the US has so far committed 25,000 oxygen concentrators for India. Deloitte provided the first 1,000 oxygen concentrators which arrived in India on April 25 with critical logistical support by FedEx. These will be sent to designated healthcare facilities for immediate use, said the task force.
A shipment of ventilators is also expected to reach India on June 3. Medtronic will provide support for the same.
So far 16 businesses have joined the task force for providing ventilators. These businesses will provide collective support of over $30 million for India’s healthcare system. Their focus along with dozens of other businesses will be in providing oxygen concentrators, develop information and best practices for Indian employees amid other initiatives, the task force said.
The task force estimates the actual cases in India to be much higher than 400,000 fresh cases being officially reported. The peak of caseloads in India is not expected till mid-May, it added.
Other CEOs who joined the effort include Julie Sweet, CEO of Accenture; Andy Jassy, CEO of Amazon, Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, Brian Moynihan, Chairman of the Board and CEO, Bank of America; Raj Subramanian, FedEx president; Arvind Krishna, Chairman & CEO, IBM.