UNIQLO parent company Fast Retailing to donate 10 million face masks
UNIQLO parent company Fast Retailing has enlisted its manufacturing partners in China to procure approximately 10 million face masks to help combat the spread of COVID-19.
The face masks produced will be donated to high-priority medical facilities in Japan and other locations around the globe where there is an urgent need for protective wear. In Japan alone, Fast Retailing will donate one million masks to the Japanese government for distribution.
A critical shortage of protective masks exists around the world, where the COVID-19 disease is continuing to cause an escalating health emergency. This includes markets where Fast Retailing operates; namely Italy, where roughly 75,000 cases have been confirmed, and the United States, where around 65,000 cases have been confirmed. Fast Retailing will donate one million masks to each country starting late March.
Since the rapid emergence of COVID-19 in January, Fast Retailing has been working to help urgently affected countries and regions.
Through its UNIQLO businesses in China, South Korea and Southeast Asia, the company has provided support including product donations of HEATTECH, AIRism and down jackets to medical staff, in addition to financial contributions to NGOs.
The company will continue to give assistance where needed, and as the situation evolves.
UNIQLO announced it had reopened more than 100 stores in China in the at the start of March, with Mainland China being a central part of the brands’ growth development.