EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change



Geographic Location

Country: France
Region: Haut-Rhin; Alsace; Est
Location of affected unit(s): Huningue


Sector: Manufacturing
Manufacture of chemicals and chemical products
20.4 - Manufacture of soap and detergents, cleaning and polishing preparations, perfumes and toilet preparations
Number Employed: 280

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 25-10-2022
Planned Job Reductions min: 127
Planned Job Reductions max: 127
Type of Restructuring: Offshoring/Delocalisation
Employment Effect Start: 01-02-2023
Direct Dismissals: 127

Additional Information

The Weleda Group, which manufactures natural cosmetic and dietary products as well as medicines, has announced a reorganisation where 127 jobs will be cut. The decision was taken following the government's decision to no longer allow the Social Security to reimburse homeopathy. The Weleda group announced that its activities in France would be reorganised, resulting in the cessation of production activities at the Huningue site and an adaptation of the organisation of the head office activities. Production will be transferred back to Germany, to the Schwäbisch Gmünd site located about 50 km east of Stuttgart.

After several days of strikes and walkouts, management and unions signed an agreement for the job preservation plan. The first departures from the plant should take place in February 2023.