Executives at Inditex, owner of Zara, are looking to begin making hospital scrubs in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.
At present, Spain is one of the countries to be hit the hardest by the crisis, with over 17,000 confirmed cases and 767 deaths.
Accordingly, bosses at the Arteixo-headquartered company are now contemplating how textile manufacturing plants could be altered so they can start making hospital scrubs, gowns, and masks to help support the government and local health authorities.
Leaders have already donated 3,000 masks to hospitals, with a further 10,000 more due to be dispersed by the end of the week.
“We are working to bring the materials the Spanish health authorities have indicated they need most urgently: masks, gloves, protective glasses, caps, shoe covers and face shields. Inditex will lend logistical support in transporting the materials the Spanish government acquires directly from China,” a spokesperson commented, according to WWD.
On Wednesday, Inditex leaders confirmed over 3,780 stores, around half of all global locations, would be temporarily closed. They didn’t share the exact boutiques affected, but it would appear the majority are in Spain, Italy, and France, which are currently on lockdown.
Meanwhile, bosses at cosmetics giant L’Oreal have also launched a programme to aid consumers across Europe, and are increasing production of hand santiser for hospitals and pharmacies, as well as donating hygiene kits to social workers, volunteers, and beneficiaries.
“In this unprecedented crisis, it is our responsibility to contribute to the collective effort in every way possible,” said Jean-Paul Agon, chairman and chief executive officer of L’Oreal. “Through these actions, L’Oreal expresses our recognition, our support and our solidarity towards those who are demonstrating extraordinary courage and selflessness in their efforts to combat this pandemic.”
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