Corona virus: Fraunhofer FHR’s response and actions
The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) to be “a public health emergency of international concern.” The current situation and the as-yet unpredictable trend for Germany as a whole present all of us with major challenges. The welfare of its employees is of utmost importance to the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, its institutes and research institutions, as is providing professional care and support, and protecting all of Fraunhofer’s business partners.
As is the case at all Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft locations, all employees at the Fraunhofer FHR were informed about the current situation and risk situation due to the corona virus SARS-CoV-2, including the behavioral guidelines, precautionary measures, contact persons and relevant sources of information, and preventive and accompanying measures were implemented. Wherever possible, Fraunhofer FHR makes extensive use of the home office option, so that most employees can now work from their home office. Business trips are largely avoided and replaced by telephone and video conferences. Events and conference/trade fair participations were cancelled until the end of May.
The Executive Board of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft has adopted these far-reaching measures out of its duty of care not only toward its employees and their families, but also to Fraunhofer’s business partners and participants at its events. We are aware that, depending on the further course of the pandemic, these measures could, in individual cases, result in restricted availability and in delays to projects at Fraunhofer’s headquarters, its institutes and research institutions. Despite everything, we of course consider it crucial to ensure all our units continue to function, and that projects and orders are properly managed – while still protecting all those concerned.