27 April 2020

Luxury fashion brand Burberry has begun producing personal protection equipment (PPE) at its manufacturing facility in Castleford.

The company has implemented a number of measures help prevent the spread of Covid-19 and ensure employee safety and wellbeing, including the temporarily closure of its retail stores and implementation of strict social distancing protocols.

Burberry's trench coat factory in Castleford is now manufacturing non-surgical gowns and supplying them to the NHS.

It is also sourcing surgical masks through its supply chain and supplying them to the NHS and charities such as Marie Curie, which provides nursing care for families living with terminal illness in the UK. To date, the business has donated more than 100,000 pieces of PPE.

Burberry has also committed to maintaining base pay for all employees who are unable to fulfil their roles because of store or site closures, and has said it will not rely on government support for jobs in the UK, where more than a third of its employees are based.

Senior leaders will take a voluntary 20 per cent pay cut from April through June, while the board of directors has agreed to a voluntary 20 per cent reduction in their base salary and fees for the same period, with the equivalent cash amount to be donated to the Burberry Foundation Covid-19 Community Fund.

Marco Gobbetti, Burberry, chief executive, said: "Since the outbreak of Covid-19, our priority has been the safety and wellbeing 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."