U.S. Private Sector Responds to Pakistan Relief Effort

August 25, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Given the ongoing crisis in Pakistan, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC) and the U.S.-Pakistan Business Council (USPBC) are coordinating closely with businesses and partner organizations on the private sector response to the country’s worst floods in history.  American companies are responding to the disaster relief effort with corporate aid pledges, including cash, in-kind contributions, employee-matching campaigns, and customer engagement.

"As the magnitude of this super flood is becoming apparent, the business community is gearing up to see how we can help the country cope with the immediate crisis and accelerate the recovery process,” said Stephen Jordan, executive director of the Chamber’s BCLC.  Over the past five years, Pakistan has ranked as the third-largest overseas recipient of disaster response assistance from the business community, after Haiti and China.

“Our members are saddened by the enormous devastation caused by the disaster,” said Esperanza Jelalian, executive director of the Chamber’s USPBC.  “The Council’s membership has stepped forward during this critical time.  We are working with the appropriate authorities to help those affected by the floods in a timely manner.”

For a list of corporate responders, visit BCLC’s Pakistan flood response portal.

BCLC has activated the Office Depot Foundation-sponsored Disaster Help Desk for Business (1-888-MY-BIZ-HELP, bclchelpdesk@uschamber.com), which exists to field inquires from donor companies about how to help in disaster situations.  In cooperation with the USPBC, BCLC is hosting information-sharing conference calls, documenting corporate aid contributions, and informing the public and relevant partners about the current state of corporate disaster aid contributions. 

Today, BCLC and USPBC hosted a conference call briefing about the state of the response and about opportunities for donors to be involved.  Government officials from both the United States and Pakistan, as well as NGO representatives, offered updates.  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 Program, underwritten by Allstate, Office Depot Foundation, and UPS, 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 of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.