Manufacturers Donate to Haiti Earthquake Relief

By January 14, 2010General

Manufacturers are prominent contributors amid the tremendous outpouring of funds, supplies, charity and support to aid the victims of the Haiti earthquake. A sample, including companies involved in the manufacturing supply chain, from a Reuters report:

  • Drugmaker Abbott Laboratories said it will donate $1 million in humanitarian aid, including medicines and nutritional products
  • FedEx Corp said it is working with international relief groups including the Red Cross to fly supplies to the island once shipments start moving, while United Parcel Service Inc (UPS.N), which participates in a World Food Program that helps coordinate delivery of aid to disaster zones, said it expects to have its volunteers in the program called up soon.
  • UPS also said it planned to provide $1 million in aid, half in cash and half in services, while the Kraft Foods Foundation said it would donate $25,000 to the American Red Cross for relief efforts.
  • U.S. manufacturer 3M Co, which makes a variety of bandages and other products used in skin and wound care, said it was working with humanitarian relief agencies to ask what medical products it could provide. The company also said it would likely make a monetary contribution.

UPDATE (noon): More via Associated Press, “Foundations, Corporations Pledge Haiti Relief“:

  • Coca-Cola Co.’s charitable arm is donating $1 million to American Red Cross efforts in Haiti, and it donating bottled water and other drinks through its bottler in the Dominican Republic.
  • Other pledges include $100,000 [from] … the charitable arm of auto maker General Motors, $25,000 from the Kraft Foods Foundation and 100,000 pairs of shoes from Soles4Souls Inc., a charity in Nashville, Tenn.

UPDATE (12:30 p.m.): And from Eli Lilly and Company, “Lilly has initially pledged $250,000 in direct cash contributions.  Half of this amount will be for short-term relief, with the balance donated over the next 12 months in support of the longer-term rebuilding efforts.  The company will also match contributions of its U.S. employees, up to a total of $250,000.  In addition, Lilly will work with non-governmental organization partners working in Haiti on appropriate donations of medicines.”  

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