Liberty Seguros supports the NGO Doctors in their work against COVID-19

Liberty Seguros supports the NGO Doctors in their work against COVID-19

► The company has made a donation to Doctors Without Borders to support its professionals who are responding in Europe to the medical needs generated by the pandemic and its consequences.

► Doctors Without Borders provides pandemic management solutions in different
crisis committees, such as designing external hospitalisation units to help
reduce the hospitals’ congestions.

► Doctors Without Borders has focused its efforts on those places where
the epidemic is hitting harder and on the most vulnerable social groups:
elderly, homeless, and immigrants.

Liberty is a company that is committed to society and aware of the importance
of the support from private companies to the organisations that are leading the
management of the COVID-19 health emergency and its consequences. For that
reason, the insurer has made various donations to entities operating in Spain,
Portugal, Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, where it carries out its
business operations in Europe.

Thus, it has donated 250,000 euros to the NGO Doctors Without Borders,
with the aim of supporting professionals who are responding in Europe to
medical needs. generated by this pandemic, which has mainly hit Italy and Spain
and affected 100 other countries throughout the world.

“At Liberty, we want people feel safe. Therefore, as a socially
responsible company, we believe that it is our obligation to make an effort to
support the professionals who are working day by day to protect people and
helping to stop this crisis. We also want to thank them for everything they are
doing for our employees, clients, mediators and partners, for our families and
for our society at large”, explains Tom McIlduff, CEO of Liberty in Europe.

In other European countries, Doctors Without Borders has focused its
efforts on those places where the epidemic is hitting hard, with the most
virulence, and among the most vulnerable social groups: the elderly, homeless
and immigrants. In this way, its work strategy includes three areas: technical
and strategic support and advice to hospitals and health centres; advisory work,
training and support in nursing homes and support for vulnerable groups such as
the homeless and migrants.

In Spain, their response has focused on advice and support when
preparing intervention and decongestion plans of health care structures, thanks
to a highly experienced group of professionals.

To this day, Doctors Without Borders in Spain has participated in the
evaluation of the response in around 12 hospitals, collaborated in the creation
of 22 hospital extensions, which are allowing to decongest emergencies and intensive
care rooms, and also facilitating the delivery of medical materials and
logistical resources.

In addition, with the aim of maximizing their response capacity and
reaching the maximum number of health professionals, socio-health workers,
cleaning personnel, structure managers and other professionals, Doctors Without
Borders in Spain has developed some tools such as guides, protocols and
audiovisual content, which are accessible on a specific website for

This disease seriously affects the elderly. Thus, a large part of the
efforts of Doctors Without Borders have focused on this vulnerable group and on
supporting nursing homes. So far, more than 100 nursing homes in Spain have
already been advised, and they continue to work to reach many more. In
Portugal, Doctor Without Borders teams have started to visit nursing homes and
supporting authorities and management teams to train staff and establish basic
hygiene and prevention of transmission measures. In Italy, they support a
network of nursing homes in various cities, to prevent the spread of affected

In France and Belgium, Doctors Without Borders is focused on helping
migrants and homeless people. Thus, its teams have been pulled out in some of
the emergency shelters established to accommodate people living on the streets
during the confinement and in other collective accommodation facilities, providing
medical support, assessing health status and identify possible COVID 19 cases.
They also attend general enquiries close to food distribution points, five days
a week.

Other Liberty initiatives to support entities that
protect people from COVID 19 in Europe

In Spain, Liberty has made a donation of 50,000 euros to the Red Cross to help with sending medical supplies to medical
professionals and hospital centres in the most affected regions, as well as delivering
food and other basic necessities to those in need. It has also contributed by making
a donation to the NGO Messengers of Peace, to help with the distribution of
food to soup kitchens for the elderly, and to the Foundation for the Promotion
of Development and Integration (FDI). This aid will go towards
carrying out psychomotricity courses to help young people with disabilities – a
group that is particularly vulnerable at this moment in time.

In Ireland, donations
have also been made to Pieta House and Alone. These charities reach protected
characteristic groups that are at specific risk of social exclusion, such as
the elderly and people with mental health disorders.

Liberty Seguros has
also ensured its help has reached Portugal with a donation to CASA (Centro de Apoio
aos Sem Abrigo). CASA is delivering food to people in need in quarantined
areas. Also, in our neighbouring country and thanks to another donation made by
the insurance company to APAMETAL, 500 protection masks have been produced and
delivered to health personnel at the Sao José Hospital in Lisbon.



Finally, Spain will have a vital minimum income starting next month, in May. This has been agreed by the Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, and the Executive Vice President, Pablo Iglesias, after several weeks of public negotiations and private disagreements on the formation of this aid.

The Minister of Social Rights and 2030 Agenda, anticipated this possibility in Congress on Wednesday without mentioning deadlines. After the intervention of another minister, José Luis Escrivá for Social Security in the lower house, government sources have now confirmed the new introduction.

According to these same sources, Pedro Sánchez and Pablo Iglesias agreed yesterday to deal with this issue, as well as the deadlines for its application.
Finally they agreed to start the minimum vital income from May. This is a measure in which the Ministry of Inclusion and Social Security has also participated, and it will be, in principle, presented publicly today.

The announcement comes after José Luis Escrivá detailed that the minimum income would be up and running “in just a few weeks, in record time”.
He insisted on the complexity of the measure as they are crossing data with the Treasury and negotiating with the local communities for their input.

Just 24 hours after the spokesperson for the Executive, María Jesús Montero, clarified after the Council of Ministers, that the minimum vital income will take “months” to implement, the first vice president, Pablo Iglesias, responded after the plenary session of Congress to insist on his thesis turning the issue into a reality, in which the entire Executive is behind: Iglesias pointed out that the Government is working so that “the social shield” reaches “those who have it the most difficult”.

Government sources also clarify, that Iglesias is trying to get the Council of Ministers to approve, for the very short term, aid for groups without income or, for example, who are not entitled to public benefits during this period.




Canary Islands ERTEs exceed 26,200 affecting more than 195,000 workers. By economic sectors: hospitality (32.1%), commerce (25.9%) and other services (34.6%) account for most of the files.

The General Directorate of Labour for the Canary Islands Government has had 26,267 ERTE requests registered up until last Friday due to force majeure, affecting a total of 195,183 employees.

98.1% of these applications have been submitted by companies with between 1 and 50 employees, and three quarters of these have less than five staff.

This volume of applications in less than a month demonstrates, as explained by the Minister of Economy and Employment, Elena Máñez, “the effectiveness of the flexibility and streamlining of ERTE force majeure in protecting employment and companies”, because if it had not been applied, we could be talking about “more than 190,000 jobs destroyed, not temporarily suspended.”

However, it is being considered that “it will be necessary to go one step further, and extend the ERTE over time due to force majeure linked to the tourism sector” and for this reason, the Canary Islands Government “will continue to work so that the State maintains this measure beyond the state of alarm”.

The General Directorate of Labor is in charge of authorizing the ERTE requests presented, a process that lasts a maximum of 5 days, since at the end of that period administrative silence operates, although even when this occurs, the General Directorate continues to manage the authorizations in order to give all legal guarantees to companies.

For their part, in parallel, companies that present an ERTE must directly manage the collective application for benefits for their workers with the State Public Employment Service (SEPE).

By economic activity:
hospitality and commerce received the highest number of files, with 32.15% and 25.94% of the total, respectively, followed by other services (7.81%); transportation and storage (6.76%); artistic, recreational and entertainment activities (4.02%); administrative activities and auxiliary services (4%); health and social services activities (3.97%); construction (3.58%); manufacturing industry (3.25%) and education (3.13%).

By economic sectors:
hospitality (32.1%), commerce (25.9%) and other services (34.6%) bring together most of the files.

Type of company:
44.92% of those that have presented ERTE are SL companies; 38.08% Autonomo companies; 6.22% EU companies; 3.57% resident foreign natural persons and 2.44% corporations.




Lidl have donated 20,000 euros to food bank, and with this contribution, the company hopes to improve care for families that benifit from the Food Banks in Tenerife and Gran Canaria.
Since arriving in the Canary Islands 10 years ago, social responsibility and sustainability has become some of the main focuses of the supermarket chain.

Lidl Canarias responded to the appeal launched by the islands Food Banks, which are facing an increasing demand for aid and a shortage of resources.
The company wants to continue contributing so that all households in the Canary Islands have the food they need to face the state of alarm and, for this reason, it will immediately donate 10,000 euros to the Food Bank of Tenerife and the same amount to that of Las Palmas.

With this financial aid, both entities will be able to continue the distribution of food that, through different local entities, they carry out in the two provinces to support the most vulnerable people, ensuring that for the next few weeks at least, they will have the basic foods in their cupboards.

Help is more necessary than ever right now, with the Food Bank of Tenerife serving 25,000 families in the province these days, and there’s a similar figure for the one in Las Palmas, which works provides care for another 20,000 families.

The contribution of 20,000 euros to Food Banks is part of Lidl’s Corporate Social Responsibility policy, which, for years, has collaborated with more than 40 social entities and NGOs in projects that contribute to improving the living conditions of the most needy people in the islands.
But they have also pledged to maintain their commitment, once the state of alarm has been lifted, to make available to Fesbal, the Federation of Food Banks, the network of 30 stores that Lidl Supermercados has spread across five islands to carry out the so-called Operation Kilo; the largest collection of food for the Food Banks after having had to suspend what they had planned to carry out over the next two months.

Lidl supermarkets also want to thank the Canarian community for their commendable work on these especially difficult days for all. Starting with its more than one hundred local suppliers and all the carriers who strive more than ever to supply all the stores with the best products on earth.

These acknowledgments also extend to the human team that forms Lidl, to the more than 1,000 people who work for them in the Canary Islands. Thanks to their involvement in the stores, in the logistics center of Tenerife and in the office area, Lidl can continue to serve all its clients, guaranteeing the strictest safety and hygiene measures in all the stores on the Islands.