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Factsheet for measure SE-2020-12/1368 – measures in Sweden
|Country||Sweden , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Open ended, started on 21 March 2020|
Reorientation of business activities
– Change of production/innovation
|Author||Anna-Karin Gustafsson (Oxford Research) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||30 October 2020 (updated 13 May 2021)|
The Swedish vodka company Absolut, which is behind the famous Vodka brand Absolut, has started delivering spirits, the main ingredients in hand sanitizers, to the Swedish authorities who need it. The products are distributed nationwide to hospitals, healthcare facilities, pharmacies and regionally to social services facilities and the elderly care.
At the start of COVID-19 crisis the health service in Stockholm described they were in emergency, risking to not fulfilling their mission. There was an immediate need for hand alcohol. The company Absolut quickly announced that they could help to solve the shortage. The company had already made alcohol for their own use.
The goal has been to deliver 700,000 liters of raw material for hand alcohol and disinfectants that goes to health care. The spirit makes up about 70% of the finished hand spirit and is produced in the company’s factory in Lidköping.
The products are distributed nationwide to hospitals, healthcare facilities, pharmacies and regionally to social services facilities and the elderly care. The products are donated.
The products are distributed nationwide to hospitals, healthcare facilities, pharmacies and regionally to social services facilities and the elderly care. The spirit is donated by the company and they have stated that they will not start to produce their own brand of alcohol gel. They are happy to help with and to contribute to the crisis.
Workers in care facilities
Workers in essential services
Companies providing essential services
||Applies to all citizens|
Company / Companies
No special funding required
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
There is no information on the involvement of the social partners'.
There is no information regarding the view of the social partners'.
|Economic area||Sector (NACE level 2)|
|C - Manufacturing||C11 Manufacture of beverages|
This case is not occupation-specific.
Eurofound (2020), Absolut Vodka's change in business activity to produce disinfection, measure SE-2020-12/1368 (measures in Sweden), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/SE-2020-12_1368.html
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