- Apr 02, 2020
- Social Responsibility
Richard Liu and Wife Nancy Zhang Donate Medical Supplies to the United Kingdom
(April 2, 2020, Beijing, China) Richard Liu, Chairman and CEO of JD.com, and his wife, Nancy Zhang, announced today that they have donated medical supplies to the United Kingdom, which is fighting COVID-19 and where many people are in need.
This donation, facilitated by China Charity Foundation, includes 50 invasive ventilators, 5 million medical masks, 600,000 surgical gloves, medical safety goggles, and protective gowns. The first batch of the donation will arrive in the UK on April 7th.
The Chinese Embassy in the UK, China Charity Federation, Overseas Chinese Charity Foundation of China and UK Chinese Business Association, London Chinese Community Centre will be responsible for distributing all of the materials to local hospitals.
Students studying abroad and Chinese currently residing in the UK can participate in the event to reserve masks free of charge on the JD app or https://global.jd.com/ from 10: 00am on April 10th to 12: 00pm on April 12th (GMT).
A key reason to offer priority to Chinese nationals is simply returning gratitude for the generosity they extended to Wuhan two months ago. When COVID-19 erupted, Chinese nationals who reside in the UK donated a significant amount of masks, disinfectant and other supplies to Hubei province through JD Logistics. Mr. Liu and Nancy wish to return the favor and provide as much help as possible to them and the broader community at this difficult time.
Since the outbreak of COVID-19, JD.com has allocated more than RMB 1.5 billion in resources to aid the fight against the epidemic, ensuring the livelihood of consumers in China and supporting the country’s economy. JD Health also now provides free online medical and psychological consultation services available to people around the world.
Most of the materials donated to the UK come from the production and supply of domestic enterprises in China. In the process of fighting the epidemic, a large number of Chinese enterprises responded to the call to start producing medical supplies, such as masks and protective clothing, fully meeting domestic demand. JD leveraged its integrated smart supply chain and logistics to quickly purchase and deploy a large number of relief materials to meet such needs abroad.
The Nasdaq-listed e-commerce giant JD.com is the largest retailer of China, online and offline.