To help tackle the widespread effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, H&M Group is now quickly arranging for its supply chain to produce personal protective equipment to be provided to hospitals and health care workers.
H&M Group will utilize its supply chain capacity, including its widespread purchasing operations and logistics capabilities, in order to start delivering as soon as possible. The company’s supply chain teams around the world are now collectively supporting in these initial efforts to support countries and communities worldwide.
After CEO Helena Helmersson reached out to the EU to understand the needs and to offer the company’s help, H&M Group immediately started to prepare production of personal protective equipment for healthcare providers.
“The Coronavirus is dramatically affecting each and every one of us, and H&M Group is, like many other organisations, trying our best to help in this extraordinary situation. We see this is as a first step in our efforts to support in any way we can. We are all in this together, and have to approach this as collectively as possible.” Said Anna Gedda, Head of Sustainability H&M Group.
Besides, H&M Foundation, privately funded by the Stefan Persson family, founders and main owners of H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB, also pledged to support WHO’s lifesaving work by committing USD500,000 to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, created by the UN Foundation.