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Factsheet for measure ES-2020-11/1536 – measures in Spain
, applies regionally
|Time period||Open ended, started on 13 March 2020|
Reorientation of business activities
– Change of production/innovation
|Author||Alejandro Godino (UAB)|
|Measure added||01 December 2020 (updated 12 February 2021)|
The L'Oréal factory in Burgos changed the production of hair products at the beginning of the pandemic crisis to the manufacture of hand sanitizer gel to distribute them to hospitals and nursing homes, among other essential services. This initiative is part of a global strategy of the company to fight COVID-19.
The L'Oréal factory in Burgos (biggest factory of the company in Spain) changed its organization of work to primarily produce 150-milligram bottles of sanitizer gel under the brand name 'La Roche-Posay' in support of the fight to curb the coronavirus pandemic. The Stanpa employer association (largest EO of the cosmetic industry in Spain) coordinated the distribution of these gels to hospitals and nursing homes in Madrid, Castilla y León and the Basque Country. Moreover, this initiative is part of the collaboration between Stanpa and Feique (the main EO of the chemical sector) since the beginning of the health crisis to produce and supply hydroalcoholic gels to support the fight against the pandemic of the health system, nursing homes and security forces.
The 40% of the Burgos factory's workforce (which has more than 500 employees) changed voluntary their tasks and responsibilities to the production of an average of 20,000 units of sanitizer gel per day. The company highlighted the importance of workers commitment for the implementation of this initiative.
|Does not apply to workers||Does not apply to businesses||Applies to all citizens|
Company / Companies
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Role||Informed||Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative|
|Form||Not applicable||Direct consultation outside a formal body|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
The Stanpa employer association (largest EO of the cosmetic industry in Spain) was involved in the implementation of the initiative. In addition, this initiative is part of the collaboration between Stanpa and Feique (the main EO of the chemical sector) since the beginning of the health crisis to produce and supply hydroalcoholic gels to support the fight against the pandemic of the health system, nursing homes and security forces.
The CCOO union sets L'Oreal as an example for workers at other perfume and cosmetic companies to adapt their production to make hydroalcoholic disinfectant gels. For its part, the EO Stanpa asked more manufacturers in the sector to follow the example of L'Oreal, as well as asked the public administration for agility in the bureaucracy so that the delivery channels were fluid.
This case is sector-specific (only private sector)
|Economic area||Sector (NACE level 2)|
|G - Wholesale And Retail Trade; Repair Of Motor Vehicles And Motorcycles||G46 Wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles|
This case is not occupation-specific.
Eurofound (2020), L'Oréal: Production of hand sanitizer gel, measure ES-2020-11/1536 (measures in Spain), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/ES-2020-11_1536.html
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