To join the world's fight against COVID-19, beauty corporations Estée Lauder Companies and L'Oréal have begun repurposing their factories to make disinfectants for the frontliners in their respective countries.
Last March 18, the L'Oréal Group announced in a news release that they started producing hand sanitizers the week prior to provide for the needs of French and European health authorities. They have since ramped up their production due to the increased need for the supplies. Meanwhile, the group's brand La Roche-Posay will provide hand sanitizers to partner hospitals, care homes, and main partner pharmacies in Europe.
In America, Estée Lauder Companies reopened their manufacturing facility in Melville, New York to produce hand sanitizers for "high-need groups and populations" such as front-line medical staff. On Twitter, New York City governor Andrew Cuomo expressed gratitude for the act, revealing that the company pledged to donate 10,000 bottles of the disinfectant for the weeks to come.
"We are grateful to our employees who have worked tirelessly to make this possible. Compensated, employee volunteers will support this vital, meaningful effort," ELC tells WWD.
Aside from the two beauty giants, the LVMH group, composed of brands such as Bulgari, Givenchy, and Guerlain, is also utilizing their manufacturing plants to produce free disinfectant gel for healthworkers in France.
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