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Fortune: This Fortune 500 company’s ‘reopening playbook’ is available for free—and has been downloaded 25,000 times

Fortune

May 18, 2020

By: Lee Clifford

Fortune 500 companies have myriad strategies to protect their most sensitive trade secrets. They guard them. They insure them. They enlist experts to encrypt them.

What they don’t do, generally speaking, is give them away.

But these are not ordinary times. Earlier this spring, Lear, a global supplier of auto parts based in Detroit (No. 166 on the Fortune 500), spent thousands of employee hours compiling a comprehensive manual on how to resume operations in the wake of COVID-19. Then the company gave it away for free. Lear’s Safe Work Playbook, available on its website, has now been downloaded more than 25,000 times since it was posted on April 6.

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