After French luxury giant LVMH announced their plan to convert their cosmetics and perfume factories to produce hand sanitisers, we have received news from other beauty brands who are also doing their part to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Here’s a round-up of the latest heartwarming efforts from beauty brands all over the world to assist various authorities and organisations in the fight against the pandemic.
Coty, the owner of luxury beauty brands such as Gucci Beauty, Philosophy, Burberry Beauty, Calvin Klein and others, has begun production of hand sanitisers at their factories.
The hand sanitisers are being distributed free-of-charge to medical and emergency services staff who are facing shortages. The rest of the stocks will also be provided to other groups who are in need, including Coty employees working in the plants and distribution centers producing sanitisers and pharmacy staff.
The first batches of products have already been produced at their factories in the United States and Monaco, and production and donations are expected to reach tens of thousands of units per week.
Italy is the worst hit country, besides China and the USA, in the COVID-19 pandemic, and in support of Italian authorities, Bvlgari has stepped up to support the Italian authorities by sending hand sanitisers to medical facilities in Italy.
The hand sanitisers, which come in 75ml recyclable bottles, will be produced in partnership with Bvlgari’s long-term fragrances partner ICR. They will be sent to the Protezione Civile (Italian Civil Protection Department), before being distributed to all medical facilities in Italy.
Bvlgari plans to manufacture hundreds of thousands of bottles in the coming two months.
Last week, the Estée Lauder Companies reopened its Melville manufacturing facility in New York to produce hand sanitisers for front-line medical staff as well as other high-need groups.
“We are grateful to our employees who have worked tirelessly to make this possible. Compensated, employee volunteers will support this vital, meaningful effort,” the company says in an announcement on their Facebook page.
One of the biggest beauty companies in the world, L’Oreal has also joined in the fight against COVID-19 virus by ramping up their hand sanitiser production.
The hand sanitisers will be distributed throughout Europe and the United States via L’Oreal’s brands such as Garnier and La-Roche Posay.
The L’Oreal Foundation has also announced its plans to donate one million euros to non-profit organizations that are helping the disadvantaged during this difficult time.
The Clarins Group is lending support to the French health service industry with their production of hand sanitisers. So far 14,500 hand sanitisers (in 400ml bottles) have been delivered to hospitals across France.
“Our objective is to actively continue the production of hand sanitiser as long as necessary and always in adequate sanitary and safety conditions for all of the employees currently mobilised in our factories,” the company said.
Consumer goods company and the world’s biggest soap producer Unilever is donating €100 million worth of soap, sanitiser, bleach, and food to support health organisations and partnerships on both international and local levels.
They are also offering €500 million of cash flow relief to support vulnerable suppliers and customers across their extended value chain, as well as protecting their workers from sudden pay drops for up to three months.
The Body Shop
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Whilst our stores are closing to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of our customers and team members, our retail teams continue to find ways of supporting and helping our local communities. Our UK team will be dropping off care packages to local hospitals for NHS workers who work tirelessly to protect us. Our teams in North America earlier this week packed, carried and delivered approx. 30,000 units of cleansing products to shelters and senior citizens communities across North America. Cindy, our store manager in the only store we have in the world that is located in a hospital, the Leiden University Medical Centre in The Netherlands, came up with the idea of donating Drops Of Youth Bouncy Sleeping Masks to the amazing medical staff operating on site to thank them for their hard work. The lung ward team have already collected their masks. We are continuing to receive the most inspiring stories from around the world and we’re hoping to share more with you to lift each other up. Please note that our UK stores will begin to close from Friday 20th March at 3pm with the last stores closing on Saturday 21st March at 3pm along with other stores around the globe. #TimeToCare #InThisTogether
In an Instagram post, The Body Shop has announced that their teams in North America donated 30,000 units of cleansing products to shelters and senior citizens communities across North America.
Their UK branch has also delivered care packages to NHS workers at local hospitals to show their appreciation to healthcare workers.