Luxury brand Burberry says it has donated more than 100,000 pieces of PPE to date, after it transformed its trench coat factory in Castleford to manufacture the equipment for medical and care workers.
The factory is now manufacturing non-surgical gowns and supplying them to the NHS, and Burberry is also sourcing surgical masks through its supply chain for the NHS and healthcare charities such as Marie Curie.
Burberry has also committed to not rely on government support for jobs in the UK. Senior leaders have taken a 20% pay cut from April to June, and the board of directors has also agreed a voluntary 20% reduction in base salary and fees from April to June.
Chief executive Marco Gobbetti said: “Since the outbreak of COVID-19, our priority has been the safety and well-being of our employees, our customers and our communities. While we continue to take mitigating actions to contain our costs and protect our financial position, we are also committed to safeguarding jobs and supporting the relief efforts during this global health emergency.
“I would like to thank our teams for their continued determination and resilience as we continue Thomas Burberry’s legacy of protecting others and caring for the community.”
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