In support of efforts to combat the global spread of COVID-19, Uniqlo’s parent company Fast Retailing, which also owns Theory and J Brand, has enlisted the help of its manufacturing partners in China to procure approximately 10 million protective masks. These masks will be donated to high-priority medical facilities around the world where there is an urgent need for protective wear.
A critical shortage of protective masks exists at medical facilities around the world, where the COVID-19 disease has caused an escalating health emergency. This includes markets where Fast Retailing operates; namely the United States, where over 85,000 cases have been confirmed. Fast Retailing will donate 1.05 million masks through Uniqlo USA starting early April. These masks will be supplied to local medical facilities through the New York State Government.
In Italy, one million masks will be donated through its local Uniqlo office beginning in late March via the Milan City Government while another 1 million masks are to be donated to the Japanese government, all of which are to be used primarily by medical institutions and nursing facilities.
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 already 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.
Fast Retailing is considering ways to provide additional support around the world as specific needs become clear. This includes those European markets where the virus continues to spread, such as Spain, where so far approximately 47,000 cases have been confirmed, Germany, France, and the U.K., as well as Asia, where in South Korea the number of confirmed cases remains at around 9,000.