Capturing the Business Response to the 2010 Haitian Earthquake

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.

Multimedia Highlights

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

News Summary

  • The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel (3/2/10) Earthquake in Haiti: Corporations Respond Beyond Relief: The BCLC Strives To Bring Recovery To Haiti
  • (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."
  • (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"

Media Contacts

Catherine Taylor Keller, Director of Communications, email or 202-431-1993 

Bailey Gilchrist, External Relations Manager, email or 202-463-5766

BCLC Press Releases

6/17/10Corporate Delegation to Haiti Seeks Opportunities to Engage in Long-term Reconstruction

6/26/10:  Two Weeks After Earthquake, Business Contributions to Haiti Surge Past $122 Million

1/15/10:  Business Contributions to Haiti Surge Past $43 Million

1/14/10:  Businesses Contribute more than $16 Million to Haiti Earthquake Relief

1/13/10:  U.S. Chamber's BCLC Activates Help Desk for Businesses Responding to Earthquake in Haiti