COVID-19 Taskforce


of the COVID-19 ad-hoc taskforce

Update members regularly on new initiatives at national and European levels to support EU companies related in particular to: Payroll, Real-estate, Tax, and Liquidity support

Engage with EU policy-makers to promote solutions identified by the sporting goods industry to support our sector

Organize solidarity webinars for exchanging information

List members’ initiatives to: Promote physical activity at home, and Help authorities in fighting Covid-19 (e.g. exceptional production of medical PPE)

Create a collaborative forum of discussion with all actors of the distribution/supply chains, to address orders, supply, stocks, seasons, real estate. Those stakeholders include but are not limited to: Retailers,    Manufacturers,    Landlords/real estate organizations



FESI is gathering different information resources to help its members cope with the COVID-19 crisis


Useful links:


  • European Commission guidance on Customs issues related to the COVID-19 emergency (19 May – revised version)
  • European Commission guidance on lifting internal border controls (13 May)
  • European Commission guidelines for COVID-19 tracing apps (13 May)
  • European Commission new export authorisation scheme for personal protective equipment (PPE) (24 April)
  • EU-OSHA guidance on coming back to work after coronavirus (24 April)
  • European Commission Guidance on Apps supporting the fight against COVID 19 pandemic in relation to data protection (16 April)
  • European Commission EU toolbox for the use of mobile applications for contact tracing and warning in response to the coronavirus pandemic (16 April)
  • European Commission narrows down export authorisation requirements to protective masks only and extends geographical and humanitarian exemptions (14 April)
  • European Commission Recommendation to support exit strategies through mobile data and apps (8 April)
  • European Commission guidelines asking Member States to end export restrictions or bans on medical products (8 April)
  • European Commission guidance on medical device (3 April )
  • European Commission practical guidelines on the application of the EU public procurement framework (1 April )
  • European Commission Recommendation on conformity assessment and market surveillance procedures within the context of the COVID-19 threat (16 March )
  • European Commission Q&A on Conformity assessment procedures for protective equipement (30 March )
  • European Commission Guidance on export requirements for personal protective equipment (3 April) + frequently asked questions (1 April)
  • European Commission’s Guidance to help increase production of safe medical supplies (30 March)
  • European Commission Guidance on Customs issues related to the COVID-19 emergency (30 March)
  • European Commission Guidelines on Facilitating Air Cargo Operations during COVID-19 outbreak (26 March)
  • European Commission’s Guidance to ensure continuous flow of goods across EU (23 March)
  • European Commission Communication on the implementation of the Green Lanes under the Guidelines for border management measures to protect health and ensure the availability of goods and essential services (23 March)
  • Transport measures restrictions per Member State



Since the beginning of the crisis, the sporting goods industry has mobilised and adopted a series of solidarity initiatives to help communities across Europe and the world cope with the crisis.

From the promotion of physical activity to maintain the health of citizens, to the production of protective equipment for health workers and donations: below are some of the main actions of our sector.



  •  Nike – MasksNike’s innovation, manufacturing and product teams have come together to provide for an urgent need: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in the form of full-face shields and powered, air-purifying respirator (PAPR) lenses to protect against the coronavirus (COVID-19). 
  • Salomon – Masks: Salomon is manufacturing 90,000 multi-layer masks in collaboration with French manufacturer Chamatex.
  • Chiruca – Material (Afydad) : the company Chiruca, together with other companies, workers and – volunteers from the city of Arnedo, are manufacturing sanitary material.
  • Decathlon – Masks: blocks the sale of Easybreath masks to the general public and reserves the available stock in priority for healthcare personnel and rescue teams.
  • Joma – PPE and donationJoma has made its sports equipment and some of its capital goods available to institutions and health authorities. Its 3D printers are making 40 mask headsets a day, which will be used as part of the individual protection equipment for the health workers who attend to Coronavirus patients in the country’s hospitals. It has also donated raincoats and slippers to the health personnel.
  • New Balance – Masks: New Balance has engaged a portion of its skilled and innovative U.S. manufacturing workforce to develop face masks to address the significant demand for these supplies.
  • Slastik – Masks (Afydad): Slastik distributed1,500 masks to hospitals, residences and police stations.
  • Trangoworld – Masks (Afydad): Trangoworld is donating masks to the closest hospital they have in Zaragoza.



  • Buff – Donation: Original Buff has donated 10,000 euros to Igualada hospital, which have been used to buy a high-tech video laryngoscope to treat patients in Covid-19.
  • Keen Inc – Donation (EOG): Keen donated 100,000 pairs of shoes—about $10 million worth—to the workers on the front lines and the families at home fighting through the coronavirus crisis.
  • New Balance – Donation: New Balance Foundation committed $2 million in nonprofit grants in response to the COVID-19.
  • Nike – Donation: Top leaders and the Nike Foundation are committing more than $15 million to COVID-19 response efforts.
  • Nike – Donation: Nike Inc. will provide an additional $1.6 million to help local organizations meet immediate needs, such as food assistance and medical care, in key cities and communities around the world where its employees live and work.
  • Salter – Donation (Afydad): The manufacturers of fitness equipment Salter has made a financial contribution to Hospital Clinic from Barcelona.
  • Ternua – Donation (Afydad) : Ternua has donated healthcare material to hospitals in the Basque Country.
  • Thomas Wellness – Donation (Afydad): Thomas Wellness has created the website for donations, so that those who want to collaborate can make their contributions. So far it has raised capital to buy about 66 respirators and deliver them to hospitals.