The COVID-19 pandemic shaped the course of 2020 and has continued to impact people around the world in many different ways. The global crisis wreaked lasting effects on communities and industries of all kinds, from healthcare and food security, to elderly and disabled care, to educational and professional development and more. While many events were cancelled and traditional volunteering opportunities grew increasingly limited, FTI Consulting experts responded to the COVID-19 pandemic in various creative ways with one common goal: to help make a difference.
Of the many ways FTI Consulting employees rolled up their sleeves and helped their communities persevere through the pandemic, some of the highlights include:
- Supporting frontline healthcare workers by cooking and delivering healthy meals to COVID-19 testing sites and hospitals, as well as making charitable donations to support healthcare organizations.
- Making and distributing masks in their communities by utilizing their sewing skills and by procuring personal protective equipment to share with FTI Consulting colleagues in other parts of the world.
- Assisting vulnerable members in their communities, from mowing lawns and shoveling driveways, to working with community organizations to coordinate food deliveries to those in need, as well as making time to connect with individuals with mental health challenges, all of whom were particularly impacted by social distancing and isolation.
- Providing pro bono expertise to organizations that work to alleviate the effects of COVID-19, from Corporate Finance & Restructuring employees working with the Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust to analyze the economic and social impacts of COVID-19 in developing countries to leverage governments to provide additional support; to Strategic Communications employees serving as internal communications and public relations experts for the UK National Health Service to address the influx of media requests.
With their colleagues’ support, employees across the globe demonstrated record engagement with our Corporate Citizenship Program in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to help their communities weather the storm. In addition to the tremendous volunteering and pro bono efforts, throughout the month of March 2020 when COVID-19 began impacting virtually every community in the world, FTI Consulting employees representing all business segments raised more than USD$30,000 through donations and corporate matching to support more than 75 community-based organizations.
“Volunteering has really kept me going through the dark winter lockdown in London. I’ve been helping members of my community with shopping, delivering prescriptions and rearranging furniture after hospital stays, as well as assembling ‘winter well-being’ parcels for older people. It’s a reason to get out of the house, do some exercise and speak to someone new (in a safe, socially distanced way) at a time when other opportunities to get out and about are very limited!”Anna Baird
Director, Forensic and Litigation Consulting
“Asia, especially China, was hit by the COVID-19 pandemic early in 2020. At that time, when face masks were very difficult to be found anywhere in China, I was able to secure some from the U.S. When those face masks were shipped to China, we were able to hand out enough face masks in the Shanghai office. We even shipped some face masks to FTI Consulting employees in other offices in China, such as Beijing and Shenzhen.”Bill He
Senior Managing Director, Corporate Finance & Restructuring
“We’ve been overwhelmed by the creativity and generosity of our EMEA colleagues in their virtual volunteering and fundraising activities in the last year, supporting our communities throughout the pandemic. 2020 proved that #FTIGivesBack more with every passing year.”Kirsty Christie
Senior Manager, EMEA Corporate Citizenship