Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, Grupo Santander's priority has been to protect the health of its 200,000 employees worldwide.
Santander informed its employees at the end of February of the main preventive measures to avoid the spread of the coronavirus and implemented protocols to be followed by those who had been in one of the areas most affected by the virus. A few days later, the bank asked its employees to avoid unnecessary travel, postpone or cancel meetings or gatherings involving a large number of people and the obligation to report any suspected contagion.
As the pandemic has grown in each of the countries in which the Group operates, Santander has been taking additional measures to protect the health of its employees and ensure business continuity:
All these measures have been applied as a priority to the most vulnerable employees belonging to risk groups where COVID-19 may have a more serious impact.
Finally, the Group has also launched a series of other initiatives to facilitate the reconciliation of professional and working life, advance payments and special loans, psychological support services and other aid measures.