Protecting our Employees
and Workplaces

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Complying with Global Government Mandates Compassionately and
Protecting Our Communities

Local, state, and national governments across the globe are responding to the threat of COVID-19 by, among other mandates, requiring offices and other facilities to shut down, imposing shelter-in-place, or requiring remote work activities. In these orders, officials have designated certain businesses as essential, critical, or life-sustaining, and therefore exempt from such restrictions. Our employees have been impacted by these orders in a variety of ways.

  • Most of Corning’s manufacturing facilities in locations impacted by government directives have been deemed essential, critical, or life sustaining because they manufacture products that are necessary to support essential infrastructure, industries, or the health, safety, and welfare of the public.
  • We have directed most Corning employees at our global non-manufacturing facilities to work remotely for the time being.
  • Unfortunately, not all roles allow for remote work, and therefore government mandates have resulted in select involuntary layoffs. We are taking important actions to ease the financial burden for impacted employees during this challenging period.
  • Similarly, for those employees with technical responsibilities who are not able to work from home and who have continued working in one of our Corning facilities classified as essential by government order, we recognize that imposes different kinds of challenges. We have provided each employee who falls into this category with additional compensation, in addition to normal compensation and benefits.

As governments make additional recommendations or update precautionary measures in real time, we will respond, all the while maintaining our commitment to workplace safety and good corporate citizenship.

Our protocols and technology for remote work have been activated to meet the evolving needs of our employees during this time, including support for their wellbeing. Our stakeholders can be assured that Corning is closely adhering to COVID-19 guidance from the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which we track at all times. Employee safety and well-being is our first priority as we effectively maintain operations to support customers and our supply chain partners. Our comprehensive pandemic plan, Global Pandemic Preparedness, helps protect the health of our employees, their families and the communities in which we live and work, as well as our business partners.

Supporting the Health and Safety of Our Employees: “Responsible Corning”

Directed by our chief health officer, Corning has mounted a significant, multifaceted response to COVID-19. This includes “Responsible Corning,” a communications campaign directed at our employees, providing current information about personal health precautions, travel protocols, and regional restrictions. Some of the guidelines already implemented include:

  • Suspension of international business travel and limited domestic travel within the U.S.
  • Suspension of attendance at conferences and other large events
  • Enhanced cleaning procedures implemented at all locations
  • New measures for site visitations and entry screenings

Our "Responsible Corning" campaign also extended to our business partners, including suppliers. Corning has communicated regularly with its suppliers throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, emphasizing the importance of personal hygiene and health safety practices. Our pandemic plan outlines Corning's expectation of suppliers throughout the various phases of a global pandemic.

The emotional well-being of our employees is also incredibly important. Through our Human Resources department, we have provided helpful resources to make it easier for employees to find information and services they need most. As an example, all employees, and their eligible dependents, have access to an Employee Assistance Program that helps address various challenges in their lives and find additional assistance if needed.

Governance During COVID-19

Corning’s governance programs and processes remain fully in effect during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our commitment to human rights as described in our Human Rights Policy, and our grievance mechanism, including the prevention of retaliation against stakeholders or employees for raising concerns during the COVID-19 crisis as outlined within our Whistleblower Policy, remain in effect. Corning’s human rights program continues to be overseen by the Corporate Relations Committee of the Board of Directors. In addition, our Senior Vice President of Human Resources maintains internal oversight over employee and contingent worker human rights matters and our Senior Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer continues to oversee the application of Corning's human rights policy to third party suppliers. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Corporate Relations Committee, as well as the full Board, has been briefed regularly on the company’s pandemic response. Concerns raised through our grievance mechanism regarding COVID-19 have been and will continue to be prioritized for review and corrective action using the process described in our Whistleblower Policy. Riskmethods provides enterprise-wide visibility to existing and emerging risks by generating risk scores for suppliers, customers, transportation locations, our own manufacturing locations and communities by screening against 52 risk elements, including social responsibility, which includes forced labor and child labor practices and human rights.

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