Stanley Black & Decker CEO Jim Loree Takes His Best Shot Against COVID-19
For Stanley Black & Decker CEO, Jim Loree, leading by example is nothing new. When the time came for him to be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in his home state of Connecticut, he was more than willing to share the positive experience with company employees – and with the world through social media.
During his regular podcast with employees, Loree expressed:
“I’ve been waiting a year like all of you for a vaccine, and I have to say we are so fortunate that our corporate community, especially companies like Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson, worked hand in hand with healthcare providers to develop the vaccines and to make sure that there was a way to distribute them effectively. It’s so important for all of you to be equally as excited and enthusiastic about getting your vaccine when your turn comes up. They’re all safe, and they’re all effective.”
Getting the Word Out Is a Group Effort
Loree’s personal determination to get the word out and ensure that everyone is accurately informed about COVID-19 vaccination is clear. With so much noise out there, he’s made it his mission to help separate fact from fiction. Stanley Black & Decker’s top-down corporate support for COVID-19 vaccination education includes:
- Partnership with reputable organizations, such as Health Action Alliance and the Ad Council that support educational campaigns to help ensure people from all walks of life are better informed and encouraged to protect themselves and others through vaccination.
- Appointment of Dr. Mitch McClure as Stanley Black & Decker’s Chief Medical Officer and in-house resident COVID-19 expert, who makes regular “house calls” with employees via company-wide Zoom meetings.
- Online panel discussions (e.g., “COVID Vaccine & Communities of Color”) run by expert medical professionals offering information and awareness.
- Establishment of a Coronavirus Resources library, accessible to employees via Workplace by Facebook.
- Dissemination of the latest vaccine updates on a state-by-state level for employees.
The development of safe and efficient COVID-19 vaccines within a year’s time is truly astounding. We have hope and can see the light at the end of tunnel. But we’re not there yet. Because it’s going to take time for universal vaccine distribution, Loree urges his employees and the public to stay vigilant, stay informed and stay patient as they await their turn to get vaccinated.