I spoke with Harris Brown, a partnership lead at Stop The Spread, a Commitments Partner working closely with the C19 Coalition, about what they’ve learned these last two months. STS is a coalition of 1300+ CEOs and leaders, with a goal to “connect businesses and organizations that are best-positioned to address critical needs during this public health crisis”.
Stop The Spread began two months ago with a Medium post from a group of CEOs, including Rachel Romer Carlson and Ken Chenault, asking business executives to take “bold leadership” in fighting COVID-19. With an op-ed in The New York Times and 1300+ companies signed on, they knew they were positioned to support domestic manufacturers converting their production to PPE.
“We match organizations based on existing capabilities and needs, and stay connected to those organizations to support and provide resources as their needs evolve over time.” said Harris, explaining STS’ core competency.
Match making between manufacturers is a core competency for STS, having supported companies like American Airlines to retrofit their facilities and produce PPE.
“Stop the Spread paired American with Adaptive Energy, an Ann Arbor, Michigan-based company with expertise in designing and manufacturing advanced scientific products. Adaptive Energy provided schematics as the team built the first face shield prototypes.”
What STS learned making these matches can help scale domestic manufacturing of PPE.. Watch for their “thought papers” on identifying new suppliers, alleviating negative impacts on the PPE supply chain, and more as they share these learnings.
They invite manufacturing companies to Get connected with Stop the Spread.