The COVID-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented challenges to all of us. At McBride, our teams are working tirelessly in each of our markets to meet the demand for cleaning products that help maintain hygienic homes and work environments. These include bleach, anti-bacterial and disinfecting sprays, dish and laundry cleaning products.
All of our sites are continuing to operate, albeit under challenging conditions, and we are adapting to new ways of working. The well-being of our colleagues is paramount, and we have introduced a range of measures to ensure we can continue to operate safely. Those colleagues that can do so are working from home and social distancing has been implemented at all of our sites.
We are also doing what we can for our communities, including producing new products such as hand sanitiser and specialist disinfectants as well as supplying equipment, resource, expertise and products to those that need them.
Ensuring the safety of our colleagues across the world is our number one priority. McBride’s exceptional teams are working around the clock, under very challenging conditions, to keep our factories open and produce the essential homecare and hygiene products our customers need.
For those employees directly involved in manufacturing our products, we have implemented strict hygiene and safeguarding protocols in line with local government guidance. Where possible, colleagues who can work from home are currently doing so.
Our colleagues have shown incredible professionalism and dedication to supporting customers and have been highly adaptable to the changing working conditions. Across the McBride group, teams are working hard to maintain a strong team spirit while supporting each other in any way they can. For example, in Spain, the local laboratory team have created a hand sanitiser based on the World Health Organisation recommended formulation and have supplied bottles for each colleague to take home.
In Poland, the local mixing team prepared 1 litre bottles of disinfectant for colleagues’ private use and in Belgium, hand sanitiser was distributed to all colleagues with a special label for the ‘Heroes at the shop floor’. Our Belgian colleagues also supported other McBride sites by providing essential products to our European locations.
All of our sites continue to operate and we are working closely with suppliers and customers to ensure we are able to meet demand as quickly as possible. However, as a result of the impact of the pandemic and the current restrictions necessary to ensure the safety of the public, sourcing raw materials and logistics in general is taking longer. This coupled with increased demand in many of our product areas has created new challenges for our teams.
Through our network of buyers, we are looking at alternative sources of materials and reviewing our purchasing priorities to ensure the security of our supply. We have also refocused our research and development team towards proactive testing on alternative materials where we anticipate future disruption.
Despite these challenges, we are working hard to meet increased requirements and ensure the right products are in the right place at the right time. For example, in the UK we have dedicated our fastest production line to the manufacture of hospital cleaning products. Elsewhere, in France, our colleagues responded to an urgent call from a regional government body to quickly bring to market a new hand sanitiser. While in Italy, our team developed a disinfectant floor cleaner in less than 10 days.
As an international business, we operate in many locations and are proud to be part of local communities providing employment and investment.
We want to ensure our people, and the communities they live in, remain safe. We have therefore introduced a range of measures which meet best practice and allow our factories to safely operate.
We also recognise our role in local communities and how our skills and expertise can be shared with those who really need it. There are examples of great community initiatives happening in all of our locations. Examples include our colleagues in Denmark who have donated 1,000 protective health suits to the Danish Government to help them combat Covid-19. Elsewhere, our team in Spain has specially manufactured hand sanitiser and provided them to local organisations and schools.