Maintaining a safe supply chain during Covid-19

By Julia Wray | Published: 31-Mar-2020

They’re the companies supplying you with the ingredients necessary to make beauty goods, but how are cosmetic ingredients companies ensuring smooth supply and staff safety during this changeable period?

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All industry relies on efficient, flexible supply chains. However, the best-prepared among us probably didn’t envisage the ‘lockdown’ scenario under which all companies – cosmetic ingredient suppliers included – must now operate.

So, how are the companies that enable you to make cosmetics faring during this unprecedented situation? And how are they balancing the need to provide personal care ingredients with keeping their workforce safe?

Susanne Jasmin Sengel, Head of Communications, Personal Care Europe at German chemicals giant BASF, told Cosmetics Business that the company feels “well prepared” to respond to the fast-changing requirements that governments are putting in place in response to the pandemic.

BASF operates globally and supplies a wide variety of industries covering agriculture, construction, pharmaceuticals and, of course, personal care and hygiene.

“To fight against the spread of the coronavirus, we have established crisis teams in all regions in which we operate in accordance with our pandemic preparedness plan,” she said.

“This approach allows us to coordinate all our measures for employees, customers and partners, and take into account the often very different situations in the different locations.

“We monitor current developments in close cooperation with government and health authorities and decide on a daily basis which measures are appropriate for BASF.”

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