The business response to the Haitian Earthquake was swift and generous, with more than $146 million in corporate cash and in-kind donations pledged (as of Feb 18, 2010). This outpouring of aid, combined with the fact that the Haitian response has been the third-largest business response to a natural disaster (behind Hurricane Katrina and the Southeast Asia tsunami), has been frequently covered in media outlets.
CNNmoney reported the increase in corporate aid numbers on Feb. 17, with a slideshow of top donors
Stephen Jordan appeared on CNBC on Jan. 22, 2010 to announce corporate donations of more than $100 millio
Gerald McSwiggan appeared on CNBC on Jan. 19, 2010 to discuss the generous business response
Anderson Cooper's AC360 blog (CNN) highlighted BCLC's corporate aid tracker
- The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel (3/2/10) Earthquake in Haiti: Corporations Respond Beyond Relief: The BCLC Strives To Bring Recovery To Haiti
- CNNMoney.com (2/18/10) reported, "More than 350 companies donated over $146.8 million to help with Haiti earthquake relief, according to a report by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which tracks corporate donations to disaster relief." The piece features the "8 companies that gave the most."
- The Chronicle of Philanthropy (1/29/10, Preston, Wallace) reported, "Corporations are also stepping up. The Business Civic Leadership Center, a nonprofit group affiliated with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, announced on Tuesday that 299 companies had contributed more than $122-million to the relief effort."
- CNNMoney.com (1/26/10) reports, "'With a total of $106 million as of Friday, this is the fifth largest corporate response to a natural disaster,' said Stephen Jordan, executive director at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Business Civic Leadership Center. 'This is well above average,' he said."
- USA Today (1/24/10, O'Donnell) reports, "About 265 companies have contributed about $106 million to help in Haiti, and 44 of them have given more than $1 million (in millions). Figures were provided by the U.S. Chamber's Business Civic Leadership Center."
- NPR (1/22/10, Arnold) reports, "Gerald McSwiggan is manager of the Disaster Assistance and Recovery Program at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. McSwiggan remarked, 'It's been a week since the earthquake in Haiti and we have seen 203 companies that have donated more than $83 million to the relief effort. And this is one of the fastest outpouring of corporate dollars in an international disaster.'"
- The Guardian (UK) (1/20/10, Clark) reports, "The US Chamber of Commerce, which is helping American companies to co-ordinate efforts, is keeping an interesting list of donations by company on its website. A week on from Haiti's earthquake, the Chamber said 203 firms have stepped up with a total of $83m in aid."
- The Wall Street Journal (1/19/10, Herring, Mattioli) highlighted the Chamber's Business Civic leadership Center (BCLC) which helped organize corporate relief efforts following the earthquake in Haiti.
- USA Today (1/15/10) reported, "It looks like corporate America hasn't forgotten Haiti. In fact, more than 100 companies have pledged $43 million, says the Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC) at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. This includes cash, in-kind contributions, employee-matching campaigns and customer-engagement. 'Given the swiftness of the response, we expect this will end up being one of the largest corporate responses to an international disaster in history,' says Stephen Jordan"
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