Today, we all face an unprecedented global pandemic. Coronavirus has drastically altered our day-to-day lives and it’s creating a feeling of extreme uncertainty. During such times, it’s crucial to stay connected and focus on what we can control.
At Criteo, what we can control is continuing to support our clients and help them navigate this extremely difficult time.
Since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a public health emergency, we have been taking all necessary steps to minimize disruption to the organization while taking preventative measures in accordance with local health officials to serve the best interests of our employees and extended communities.
We’ve been closely monitoring the pandemic for some time at both global and local levels to provide the necessary support to our employees across 29 worldwide offices, as well as to our customers and partners. That said, our highest priority is to protect the health of our Criteo employees and their relatives.
This is why we’ve temporarily closed Criteo offices in locations that have been deemed very high-risk and have encouraged our teams to work from home at all other locations. All employees are equipped with video-conferencing technology to help them stay connected.
We’ve also asked our employees to cancel all non-essential business travel and avoid attending any medium and large-scale events. Many of these types of events have already been cancelled or postponed to prevent unnecessary risks to potential attendees. Additionally, all in-person meetings that were planned for the coming months are postponed.
While we deeply value our opportunities to connect in person, we understand this is the best course of action at this time.
In order to protect the broader community, employees who have traveled internationally and are experiencing any of the symptoms related to COVID-19 including fever, cough or shortness of breath are urged to receive a health screening immediately and self-isolate for a minimum of 14 days before returning to work.
We will continue to closely monitor the situation and provide employees with ongoing, real-time updates on how to stay safe.
We understand that these difficult times may put stress on employees’ mental health and have partnered with Eutelmed to offer psychological counseling support by phone and video.
We’ve also established a steering committee comprised of senior representatives from various teams across the organization to provide an aligned and coordinated approach to employee communications. They’ve created clear processes for us internally and will continue to advise our executive team as the situation unfolds.
As a global company, we benefit from a technological infrastructure that enables us to get our job done remotely to continue serving our clients without interruption. Since January, we have been working to ensure employees are equipped with the necessary foundation to work remotely and continue business as usual.
As the world leans into news sources on a minute-to-minute basis, we understand it’s never been more important to support the open internet in order to provide all people with free access to information.
We have a responsibility to protect the digital ecosystem by supporting the businesses that fund it, including our clients and industry partners. This is a responsibility that we’re proud to have and will do everything in our control to help everyone weather this storm.
It’s my hope that this challenging time will end soon, but in the meantime, please stay safe and stay connected.