British Chamber Champions

May 28, 2020 | Highlights, Information Portal, News

The British Chamber of Commerce for Italy is pleased to give special recognition to the “British Chamber Champions” for their particularly notable and honourable conduct during the COVID-19 pandemic.


During the COVID-19 emergency, Diageo has donated nearly two million litres of alcohol (GNS) to manufacturing partners to support the production of hand sanitiser. In Italy, the company has donated 100,000l of GNS to support the Fondazione Ospedale di Alba e Bra Onlus and the Piedmont Department of Civil Protection.

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Jaguar Land Rover Italia

During the COVID-19 emergency, Jaguar Land Rover Italia has made available to the Croce Rossa Italiana a fleet of vehicles in support of highly specialized drones, which have been used to disseminate information to the population, measure the temperature at a distance and for the disinfection of large areas, allowing operators to intervene in specific cases with reduced risk of infection.

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AstraZeneca has donated 9 million face masks to support healthcare workers around the world in the fight against COVID-19. In addition to these donations, AstraZeneca is accelerating the development of its diagnostic testing capabilities to scale-up screening and is also working in partnership with governments on existing screening programmes to supplement testing.

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During the COVID-19 emergency, UPS has delivered much-needed PPE to hospitals and medical facilities and first responders across the countries. The UPS Foundation, which leads the global citizenship programs for UPS, announced on 28th May 2020 that is has handed over a $50,000 grant to Pope John XXIII Hospital in Bergamo.

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Dyson has designed a ventilator and is primed to produce 15,000 units to help meet the demand caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Named ‘CoVent’, the ventilator was developed by the company in only 10 days, after Dyson was among the manufacturers contacted by Prime Minister Boris Johnson to help bolster the National Health Service’s supply of ventilators.


Leonardo has made its ATR and C-27-J aircraft, pilots and crews available to the Italian Civil Protection to transport and distribute healthcare materials and supplies all over the country. The company has also launched production of valves for respirators using 3D printing across some of it manufacturing sites and has provided free cyber security services to 100 companies.
The Aircraft Division has also coordinated and offered financial support for a return Alitalia flight to China to transport facemasks and respirators for a total of 6,500 kg of healthcare equipment.

EMA, Rolls Royce Group

EMA, Rolls Royce Group has been identified by the Italian government as the model example of how a company can enter into phase 2 of this crisis.

In week 15, commencing on the 7th of april, EMA completed rapid tests for all employees.  These tests were managed by ASL (the local health authority) with the support of our team. 978 people were tested in 3 days. 80 tests per hour. Several people received an additional PCR test (on the basis of rapid test result). The result of the PCR was negative for COVID-19 so no one in EMA was affected by it.

EMA reopened on the 14th of April.


Action Aid Italia has launched the campaign #insiemesipuo to combat the surge in domestic violence in this period of isolation, give direct assistance to poor families with quarantine kits containing masks, hand sanitiser and soap, and to contrast the educational and social isolation that children and young people are experiencing. 

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Rise Against Hunger

During the COVID-19 emergency Rise Against Hunger Italia has created a supply chain of kits containing basic needs (food, household hygiene, personal hygiene, etc.)
leaving the donors to decide how to package and how to distribute them.

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Aviva Italia Holding

Aviva Italia Holding has confirmed its commitment towards the city of Milan with a new donation of more than €200,000 to the local district of the Italian Red Cross, together with a donation of €200,000 to support the Mutual Aid Fund instituted by the Mayor of Milan, Giuseppe Sala. 

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Gi Group

Gi Group has donated €100,000 to AREU,  the Azienda Regionale Emergenza Urgenza operating in Lombardy to support the emergency needs in the region.

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Vivienne Westwood

Vivienne Westwood has supported its suppliers throughout this difficult time and has also offered financial, medical and psychological support to its own staff to help them cope through the crisis.



TJ Taylor

TJ Taylor are offering medical professionals a free individual English course (‘Rainbow courses’) to say thank you for their efforts during the Coronavirus pandemic.

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Walgreens Boots Alliance

Boots UK has worked to support the Government and NHS to set up and resource new drive-through testing stations for COVID-19.

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