Beauty Gives Back: Estée Lauder Donates 2 Million Masks To COVID-19 Front Lines

As the world is faced with the unprecedented impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, The Estée Lauder Companies (ELC) stands with the global community to help limit the spread of the virus and ease the related economic hardships faced by the communities in which we live and work. Guided by its family values and a spirit of giving, the company has made contributions to support the well-being of our global communities.


In response to the impact of COVID-19 around the world, The Estée Lauder Companies Inc., its brands, and its corporate foundation, The Estée Lauder Companies Charitable Foundation (ELCCF), have provided the following donations:

  • Globally, a $2 million grant was awarded to Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) to support their continued life-saving work around the world and response to coronavirus in under-resourced and highly impacted countries.
  • In New York City, where the company is headquartered, a grant was provided to support the establishment of The NYC COVID-19 Response & Impact Fund, administered by the New York Community Trust. The NYC COVID-19 Response & Impact Fund brings together multiple philanthropic partners in a joint effort to address the current coronavirus health crisis. The new $75 million fund will provide critical support for New York City’s vital social services and cultural community organizations.
  • In China, over $800,000 was awarded to relief efforts. Funds will support the Red Cross Society of China, Shanghai Charity Foundation and Give2Asia. Additionally, $1.4 million worth of in-kind donations were provided to the China Women's Development Foundation to support front line medical staff.
  • The Estée Lauder brand is donating two million surgical masks for those on the front lines in New York as part of our continued effort towards COVID-19 relief.

Hand Sanitizer Production 

In addition, The Estée Lauder Companies is also contributing to the broader COVID-19 relief efforts by reopening the Melville, New York manufacturing facility to produce hand sanitizer for high-need groups and populations, including front-line medical staff. Compensated, employee volunteers will support this vital, meaningful effort. Our UK-based Whitman manufacturing facility has also begun producing hand sanitizer, to be donated to frontline workers.

As the COVID-19 crisis evolves, ELC will continue to align its philanthropic resources based on emerging needs, prioritizing food, medical and emergency assistance.

Updated on March 30. Originally published on March 23.

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