L’Oréal has announced that it's groups factories have started making hand sanitiser last week and it will now ramp up its production to manufacture significant quantities over the next few weeks to support the needs of French and European health authorities.
One of its brands La Roche-Posay is already supplying bottles free-of-charge to French pharmacies that are able to produce hand sanitiser in their own dispensaries.
The brand is also planning to equip all partner hospitals, care homes and main partner pharmacies in Europe with hand sanitiser, the cosmetics company said.
The latest move by the cosmetics company is a part of its recently implemented European solidarity programme to support the fight against coronavirus by all stakeholders.
“In this unprecedented crisis, it is our responsibility to contribute to the collective effort in every way possible," Jean-Paul Agon, Chairman and CEO of L’Oréal, explained.
"Through these actions, L’Oréal expresses our recognition, our support and our solidarity towards those who are demonstrating extraordinary courage and selflessness in their efforts to combat this pandemic.”
Garnier will also supply and distribute several million units of hand sanitiser free-of-charge to all its European food distribution customers so that their employees, who are continuing to work to meet consumers’ basic needs, can protect themselves by following the recommended precautions, the company said.
For its 'most exposed' suppliers who have been most exposed to the crisis, L’Oréal said that it will shorten its payment times with systematic immediate payments.
The company said that it will freeze payments for VSE/SMEs in its distribution networks hair salons, small perfume shops): until their businesses resume.
The L’Oréal Foundation has decided to donate one million euros to its partner non-profit organisations, who are 'committed to combatting insecurity'.
The group said that these non-profit organisations supported throughout the year by the L’Oréal Foundation will also be offered hygiene kits (shower gel and shampoo) and hand sanitiser for social workers, volunteers and beneficiaries.
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