March 2020

Industry rallies to combat COVID-19: check here daily

 

3/30/20

Royal Labs

Royal Labs, Charleston, SC, has ramped up production of hand sanitizer sprays and hand washes at its 80,000 sq ft facility and is giving orders from hospitals and government-run establishments first priority.

3/27/20

BABOR

Starting March 16, BABOR ramped up production of hand sanitizer disinfectants at its Aachen, Germany facility. The sanitizers have been distributed to police officers, nursing homes and medical facilities in the Aachen region. BABOR also launched a few COVID-19 initiatives:

  • Online webinars and trainings for BABOR partners
  • E-commerce discounted facial vouchers for consumers to redeem once spa partners are back in business, as well as $20 facial vouchers on orders of $50 or more at Babor.com
  • Special financial arrangements for qualified spa partners
  • Full margins and waiting shipping + fulfilment fees through June for new and existing babor.com  affiliate partners

 

Grande Cosmetics

Grande Cosmetics is donating 15% of sales Feeding America, with a goal to raise a minimum of $50,000. See more at https://grandecosmetics.com/.

 

StriVectin

StriVectin is donating 2,000 hand creams to health care workers in the U.S. due to the drying effects of hand washing. StriVectin hopes to provide small comfort to those working around the clock to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

 

3/25/20:

MOL Group

MOL has started production of ethanol-based hand and surface sanitizers to offer protection against the coronavirus at its MOL Lub Ltd. plant in Almásfüzitő, Hungary, which ordinarily makes windshield washer fluid. The unit is operating 24/7, in three shifts, producing a daily volume of around 50,000 liters of the two new products, called MOL Hygi, which are based on World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations and were tested and approved by the National Institute of Pharmacy and Nutrition.

Thus far, MOL Lub has shipped volumes to Hungarian institutions playing a key role in the fight against coronavirus (e.g., hospitals, waste management companies, public utilities) as directed by the Operative Group set up by the Hungarian government. Production and shipping will be continuous. MOL employees are also using these new products and MOL Lub is also working to make these products available for public consumption. MOL Hygi is currently produced in two-liter recyclable plastic bottles and will launch in smaller sizes next month. MOL Group is also starting production of MOL Hygi in Slovakia and Croatia.

3/24/20

Henkel

Henkel has launched a comprehensive global solidarity program to support employees, customers and affected communities:

  • Donating €2 million ($2.16 million) to WHO/UN Foundation fund and other organizations to help fight the pandemic
  • Donating 5 million units of personal and household hygiene products with charity organizations, local authorities and partners around the world
  • Shifting production facilities to produce disinfectants at selected sites
  • Improved payment terms for selected business partners (e.g. small- and mid-sized hairdressing businesses)
  • Ongoing crisis management and safety measures for employees


https://www.henkel.com/press-and-media/press-releases-and-kits/2020-03-24-henkel-launches-comprehensive-global-solidarity-program-to-support-employees-customers-and-affected-communities-1047556

3/23/20:

The Estée Lauder Companies Global COVID-19 Relief Support

https://www.elcompanies.com/en/news-and-media/newsroom/company-features/2020/covid-19-efforts

3M

3M has ramped up to maximum production levels of N95 respirators and doubled its global output to a rate of more than 1.1 billion per year, or nearly 100 million per month. In the United States, it is producing 35 million respirators per month; of these, more than 90% are now designated for healthcare workers. Read full story: https://news.3m.com/blog/3m-stories/ceo-update-3ms-response-covid-19

3/22/20

GOJO Industries

Due to the President invoking the Defense Production Act, efforts to expedite and expand the supply of critical resources—like PURELL hand hygiene and surface products—have been boosted to support critical infrastructure including health care, first responders, grocery stores, the U.S. Military and certain government facilities. GOJO is shifting into the next phase of pandemic response efforts and working closely with distributor partners to help ensure products are available at the front lines of this public emergency. During the week ending on March 28, 2020, GOJO will only ship product intended for critical prioritized end-users, as determined by the Federal government. The company will continue to evaluate capacity against urgent demand. https://www.gojo.com/Newsroom/Corporate-Statements/GOJO-Production-Act

Honeywell

Honeywell said on March 22 that it will expand its manufacturing operations at its Smithfield, RI factory to produce millions of N95 disposable masks for medical personnel who are caring for coronavirus patients. The company said it is hiring 500 additional workers and moving equipment to Smithfield, which already produces safety glasses and goggles as well as protective face shields. Production could begin within 30 days, a company spokesperson told Axios.com.

Verband der Chemischen Industrie (VCI)

Two weeks ago, VCI set up a “Disinfectants Task Force” to coordinate closely with the German government’s crisis team. VCI has also launched a “disinfectant products initiative” to ensure availability of supplies for isopropanol, ethanol and other chemicals, as well as the disinfectants made from those raw materials in Germany.

The first step is VCI member companies providing 700 tons of ethanol and 35,000 liters of hydrogen peroxide as well as over 12,000 liters of glycerin for hand disinfectants for hospitals starting March 25. This is a joint effort with both the VCI and Federal Association of German Hospital Pharmacists (ADKA). Also in consultation with the ADKA, the chemical companies will commission or organize the delivery of the chemicals to more than 370 pharmacies in Germany that are affiliated with hospitals.

https://www.vci.de/themen/corona/notfallversorgung-deutsche-krankenhaeuser-gesichert-coronavirus-verfuegbarkeit-haendedesinfektionsmittel.jsp

3/21/20

The L’Oréal Group

In response to a shortage of hand-sanitizers, L’Oréal Group announced it will use its manufacturing facilities to make hand sanitizer and hydroalcoholic gel to distribute throughout Europe. The Foundation L’Oréal also announced it will donate €1 million ($1.08 million) to the associations that are working to help the disadvantaged during these unprecedented times. These donations include hygiene kits and hydroalcoholic gel to beneficiaries, social workers and volunteers who work at those associations to help prevent the further spread of COVID-19. In addition, L’Oréal is putting a hold on all debts owed to them by small- and medium-sized businesses. For businesses that are experiencing the most devastation, the company will set up personalized payment systems that reflect each situation.

3/20/20

American Cleaning Institute (ACI)

The American Cleaning Institute has joined a coalition of more than 60 associations in calling on Federal, State and local officials to “coordinate a unified, clear and public framework that clearly explains that food (for human and animal consumption), beverage and consumer packaged goods manufacturers are exempted from the gathering and curfew bans that are starting to take effect,” said the groups’ letter to President Trump and numerous other leaders. ACI urges government leaders to recognize critical manufacturing, especially the cleaning product supply chain, as “Essential Infrastructure” during the coronavirus crisis. ACI also calls on DOJ, FTC to take action against price gougers exploiting access to cleaning products and ingredients.

Delia Associates

The branding firm offers a complementary emblem as a symbol of hope for all on the first day of Spring. “Let this mark represent our global solidarity and conviction to do whatever is necessary, as individuals, businesses, communities, and nations, to arrest this disease. Feel free to download and display this emblem (https://www.delianet.com/united-together-against-covid-19/) as a pledge to support all measures that will help lead to the containment and ultimate suppression of COVID-19. We owe it to those who we have already lost. We owe it to those who are sick or out of work. We owe it to our health care professionals at the front lines. We owe it to each other. Let this mark and this moment remind us that we are all connected and, standing together, we will turn the tide and prevail,” Ed Delia, President, Delia Associates.

L Brands

L Brands suspended part of its e-commerce business (Victoria’s Secret and Pink) until March 29 to instead focus on production and distribution of soaps and hand sanitizers amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The company also took out a $950 million credit facility from JPMorgan Chase to allow it to continue operations and payment of employees. Stores are shuttered until at least March 29.

3/19/20

Dept. of Homleand Security

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has identified the U.S. chemical industry and its workers as Essential Critical Infrastructure, an industry sector critical to public health and safety, economic and national security. In its March 19, 2020 “Memorandum on Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During COVID-19 Response,” the Agency recognized the chemical manufacturing sector and its employees as having “a special responsibility to maintain your work schedule.” DHS expects the chemical industry to continue normal operations, while following CDC workforce and customer protection guidance: https://www.americanchemistry.com/Guidance-on-the-Essential-Critical-Infrastructure-Workforce.pdf

3/16/20

LVMH

LVMH (Möet Hennessy Louis Vuitton) has converted perfume manufacturing at all its Christian Dior, Guerlain, and Givenchy facilities in France into the production of hand sanitizer. The sanitizer gel was made available for free to French health authorities to help combat the spread of COVID-19. Distribution of the gel began on Monday March 16.