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Fast Retailing commits ₹220 mn for India COVID-19 relief efforts

May '21
An inside view of a UNIQLO India store in New Delhi, India. Pic: Fast Retailing
An inside view of a UNIQLO India store in New Delhi, India. Pic: Fast Retailing
To help the people of India in combatting the recent sudden surge of COVID-19 cases, Fast Retailing Co., Ltd., parent company of global apparel retailer UNIQLO, is providing urgent support worth approximately ₹220 million ($3 million) for those affected by the crisis. It will donate ₹100 million to two NGOs, GiveIndia and the Akshaya Patra Foundation.

In addition, plans are underway to provide more than 600,000 UNIQLO AIRism masks to frontline workers, Fast Retailing said in a press release.

Through GiveIndia, funds will be utilised for the immediate provision of such medical equipment as oxygen concentrators and to strengthen healthcare infrastructure in critical states, as well as providing cash relief for the families of the deceased. The donation to the Akshaya Patra Foundation will be used to provide cooked meals and dry ration supplies to low-income daily wage workers who are impacted by the surge of COVID-19. The donation of UNIQLO AIRism masks by Fast Retailing will be distributed to front-line workers and those providing essential services.

"Fast Retailing is committed to helping the people of India, especially at this critical time. This is an emergency that requires global solidarity, and we hope that our contribution will support the immediate needs of those on the ground and help put the country on track to recovery. Our thoughts are with the people affected and the medical professionals working to provide care during these difficult times,” said Tadashi Yanai, chairman, president and CEO of Fast Retailing.

“UNIQLO was welcomed into the Indian community 19 months ago and as a global company we are glad to be able to contribute in this challenging time. Over the past few weeks, we have seen how the community has come together to help one another and together we shall overcome these adversities,” said UNIQLO India CEO Tomohiko Sei.

UNIQLO opened its first store in India in October 2019 in the capital city of New Delhi, and now has a total of six stores in the country. The company also set up a production liaison office in September 2016, working with manufacturers in India as part of a growing commitment to the nation’s textile industry.

"Fast Retailing has a long-standing commitment to the communities where it operates to realise a better society. Its programmes not only provide millions of garments to those in need but also emergency financial assistance in times of natural disaster. Working with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the company also provides support for refugees and displaced people around the world. Starting from March 2020, Fast Retailing and UNIQLO have made donations in 26 markets to medical institutions, non-governmental and other organisations providing support to people impacted by COVID-19. As of now, the donations include 17.70 million medical-grade masks, 1.43 million isolation gowns, 2.3 million AIRism masks, 470,000 pieces of functional AIRism innerwear, and around 790,000 pieces of essential wear," the release said.

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