Fashion brand H&M has announced that it is “rapidly” organizing its supply chain to produce personal protective equipment to be supplied to hospitals and healthcare workers to cope with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
Specifically, the brand will use its supply chain capacity, including its extensive purchasing operations and logistics capabilities, to start making deliveries as soon as possible.
“Coronavirus is dramatically affecting each and every one of us, and the H&M Group, like many other organizations, is doing everything possible to help in this extraordinary situation. We see this as a first step in our efforts to support in any way. We can all do this together, and we have to deal with it as collectively as possible, “said H&M Group Director of Sustainability Anna Gedda.
On the other hand, the H&M Foundation donated US $500,000 to the Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund last week.
The ensign has said that this donation will support WHO’s immediate global efforts to track and understand the spread of the virus, to ensure that patients receive the care they need, that front-line workers get essential supplies and information, and to accelerate efforts to develop vaccines, tests and treatments.
The Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund is currently the only way that individual donors and other charities can contribute to WHO’s global response efforts.
“As the pandemic evolves, countries will have to prepare for and respond to this global outbreak and therefore the necessary funds are expected to increase,” said H&M Foundation board member Karl-Johan Persson.