At UCB, we believe that caring for the communities where we live and work is a key component of our continued business success. We are committed to creating a positive impact not just on the lives of patients with severe diseases, but also on societal health more widely, for generations to come. In this way we can truly live our purpose of creating value for patients, now and into the future.
COVID-19 placed a tremendous strain on healthcare systems and society at large. In 2020, as well as supporting patients and our employees, we stepped up to lend our expertise and resources to local communities dealing with the impact of the pandemic. We also joined forces at an international level to advance the global response to this once-in-a-lifetime health crisis.
Our efforts include boosting local testing capacity, and donating protective clothing, sanitizers and funding via local teams, and accelerating payments to our more exposed suppliers. Our manufacturing teams produced more than 20 tons of hydro-alcoholic gel for colleagues, authorities and local communities. We worked to facilitate worldwide research projects and created and launched the UCB Community Health Fund to understand and address the needs of the most vulnerable.