As our essential businesses work to meet spring season demands amid the COVID-19 pandemic, we continue to focus on the health and safety of every person and community connected to CHS and the cooperative system.
We want you to know that CHS remains fully operational and committed to providing the essential products and services you need. Our supply chain is prepared and moving into action as spring fieldwork begins. Grain is moving and the spring shipping season has begun. We are grateful for those positive signs.
Thank you for your business. Please let us know how we can help you navigate through the days and weeks ahead.
20, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker issued a state-wide shelter-in-place order to
take effect at 5:00 PM CT, March 21. Consistent with guidance from the United
States Department of Homeland Security, the order exempts certain essential
infrastructure and services, including agriculture and food. After a full
review of the order, CHS has determined that its operations fit within this
exemption and we will continue to operate to provide essential products and
services so cooperatives and farmers can plant and grow crops, raise livestock
and bring the food they produce to market.
employees across Illinois will continue to observe company guidance working
from home or operating CHS facilities as they have been since March 17. Revised
procedures introduced last week remain in place across our footprint to protect
the health and safety of employees, customers, suppliers and the communities we
serve. Those procedures include:
Remote work, social distancing and following CDC
guidance to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of employees, customers,
suppliers, and communities
No non-essential visitors to CHS locations and
additional on-site health, safety and cleaning procedures
Use of voice, video and other technologies to
serve customers and conduct business, including online meetings or phone
coordination of farm services
Continued observation of all safety guidelines,
including use of personal protective equipment
Leveraging our flexible supply chain and asset
base if it becomes necessary to deliver to or from alternate locations
Continuity plans to flex employees between
locations or business units as needed to better serve customers
At CHS, the health, safety and wellbeing of our employees, customers,
suppliers and communities are our highest priority. We remain committed to our
purpose of creating connections to empower agriculture by supplying essential
products and services for our customers and owners.
With the impact of the global pandemic caused by COVID-19 evolving rapidly, we want to reassure you that CHS is taking steps to protect the health and safety of our employees, our owners and customers, and the communities we serve.
We are developing plans with the goal of continuing to provide the highest possible level of service to our customers and owners. Specific measures include:
Close coordination and collaboration to ensure safety and wellbeing of employees, customers and communities
Cancelation of annual meetings and other meetings of large groups and limiting visits to CHS facilities
Additional use of voice, video and other technology to serve you, our customers and coordinate farm visits
Activating plans to flex employees between locations or business units to better serve you
New process and rigor for interactions with vendors, suppliers, contractors or other third parties to promote health and safety
Fully utilizing our powerful and flexible supply chain and asset base should it become necessary to deliver to or from alternate locations
As the busy spring season unfolds, we will continue to adjust as circumstances change. We don’t take this challenge lightly, but we’re committed to working through it with effective planning, communication and execution. With our talented and committed team, best-in-class assets and our values of safety and cooperative spirit, we are confident CHS will continue to deliver products and services for customers and value for owners.