Submitted by Keysight Technologies
The magnitude of global disruption in 2020 tested the strength and adaptability of businesses and communities all over the world. As the COVID-19 pandemic spread, societal impacts from weather-related disasters, wildfires, and political unrest also took place. Keysight was not immune to these events. However, the company’s corporate mission of accelerating innovation to connect and secure the world, coupled with our CSR vision to help build a better planet, exemplify how Keysight’s strategic value is especially relevant during crises. Past incidents — such as the 2017 Tubbs fire near Keysight headquarters — also affirmed the company’s strong business continuity approach while providing invaluable learnings for navigating 2020. As a result, Keysight’s prior preparation and experience positioned the company to quickly mobilize in 2020 to continue delivering to customers and business commitments, while supporting the safety and security of employees, their families, and the broader community.
Fiscal year 2020 brought upwards of 13 wildfires close to Keysight locations. This resulted in impacts to multiple Keysight communities in the U.S. including some employees evacuating their homes and multiple days of poor air quality. In addition, some Keysight California offices and employee homes were impacted by planned power outages intended to minimize the potential of new fires during high wind and dry conditions.
Following the company’s crisis management approach, Keysight supported employees and their families through employee relief centers that provided emergency supplies — including personal care items, clothing, food, and water — as well as access to mental health support services, IT connectivity, charging stations for personal devices, financial assistance, and referrals for temporary housing.
Keysight continues to mitigate wildfire risk impact to its sites through landscape maintenance and vegetation management to minimize available natural fuels, adding fire breaks around site properties, the addition of an on-site fire team for our headquarters office, and other efforts.
2020 PANDEMIC RESPONSE
Keysight began monitoring the coronavirus in early January of 2020, engaging our Global Crisis Management Team and setting response prioritization around three stakeholders: the health and safety of employees and their families; support for customers providing critical infrastructure and essential services; and helping local communities fight the pandemic.
Below exemplify our 2020 efforts.
Employees & Their Families
Looking forward, Keysight continues to actively monitor the COVID-19 situation as it evolves and will take additional steps as necessary to protect employees, customers, shareholders, and local communities throughout the dynamic and ongoing impact of this pandemic.
Keysight Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: KEYS) is a leading technology company that helps enterprises, service providers and governments accelerate innovation to connect and secure the world. Keysight's solutions optimize networks and bring electronic products to market faster and at a lower cost with offerings from design simulation, to prototype validation, to manufacturing test, to optimization in networks and cloud environments.
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