THE WHAT? Inditex fashion group has announced it will make its factories and production facilities available to the Spanish government to create and donate masks needed for patients and medical workers fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.
THE DETAILS According to a statement, the Zara parent company, based in Spain, will, “make a delivery at least once a week of materials we purchase directly.”
Stating that masks are urgently needed by Spanish authorities, the company has stated it “already donated 10,000 protective face masks and by the end of this week expects to be in a position to ship another 300,000 surgical masks.”
Inditex has also been sourcing medical grade fabric for use on hospital gown production. It continued that the company was, “investigating the possibility of switching some of our textile-manufacturing capacity over to the production of health materials, involving Inditex’s manufacturing experts to that end.”
THE WHY? The response by Inditex mirrors the industry reaction to the crisis across the board. Companies such as LVMH and Easyfairs have also done their part in helping to tackle the widespread effects of the coronavirus.