100 Companies Join Business Community’s Aid Response to Massive Pakistan Floods

October 26, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. —In response to the ongoing flood crisis in Pakistan, the U.S. Chamber Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC) and U.S. Pakistan Business Council (USPBC) report that corporate aid pledges from 100 companies are approaching $25 million. The assistance includes cash, in-kind contributions, employee-matching campaigns, and customer-engagement.

“The scale of the flooding that hit Pakistan has generated widespread international sympathy,” said U.S. Chamber BCLC Executive Director Stephen Jordan. “We are working with these companies, NGOs, and public sector entities to share best practices in private sector disaster response.”

The U.S. Chamber BCLC and USPBC continue to act as the disaster coordination hub for the business sector. The two Chamber affiliates are offering corporate briefings, documenting corporate aid contributions, informing the public and relevant partners about the state of the disaster response, and hosting thePakistan Flood Response Map, an interactive website to accomplish real-time, in-depth information sharing about how and where to donate.

Four U.S. corporate donors pledged $1 million or more in cash or a mix of cash and in-kind support:

  • The Coca-Cola Company ($1 million)
  • General Electric Company ($1.25 million)
  • Microsoft ($1.3 million)
  • The Procter & Gamble Company ($1.8 million)

Jordan will participate in the NASDAQ closing bell ceremony today where he will announce the latest corporate aid numbers, along with information about ongoing needs. For a list of all corporate responders, visit BCLC’s corporate aid tracker.

For all large-scale disasters, whether domestic or international, the U.S. Chamber BCLC operates the Office Depot Foundation-sponsored Disaster Help Desk for Business (1-888-MY-BIZ-HELP, bclchelpdesk@uschamber.com), which exists to field inquiries from donor companies about how to help in disaster situations.
More information is available on BCLC's website.

BCLC, a 501(c) 3 affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, is a resource and voice for business' social and philanthropic interests. BCLC's Disaster Assistance and Recovery (DAR) Program facilitates effective private-sector contributions to U.S. and international disaster response and recovery efforts.

USPBC, an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, is the premier organization in Washington dedicated to the broad advancement of U.S. commercial engagement with Pakistan.

The U.S. Chamber is the world's largest business federation representing more than 3 million businesses and organizations of every size, sector, and region.

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