May 19, 2013
27 May 2011
BASF has donated in excess of €2 million for victims of the earthquake and tsunami disaster in Japan.
Employees of BASF worldwide have donated more than €780.000 to the victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. BASF fully matched each donation contributed by the employees one-to-one. Including these funds and the initial contribution by BASF, donations therefore total over €2 million.
Dr. Martin Brudermüller, Vice Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF and responsible for the Asia Pacific region, said, “Following the devastating incidents in Japan, our local colleagues have shown enormous strength and perseverance, as well as commitment to sustaining BASF's business. During the past weeks I have been very happy to see how BASF employees around the world have joined in expressing their sincere support to Japan with their personal donations.”
The aid money from the employee donation campaign in Germany initially went to the BASF Social Foundation. This institution, in close cooperation with BASF Japan, will now identify suitable partner organizations and projects in Japan for the use of the matching funds.
Employees of BASF group companies outside Germany donated to their local Red Cross and Save the Children organizations, among others.
Immediately after the earthquake, the Board of Executive Directors of BASF SE decided to contribute €500,000 to the Central Community Chest of Japan as immediate aid to victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. This donation has already been provided by the BASF Social Foundation.
ASF has 35 operations sites (including 27 production sites and eight R&D and technical centers) and 49 sales offices in Japan. Most BASF production sites in Japan are up and running normally now, and the Tokyo office is now operational.
The Japanese government, under its grant assistance for grassroots human security projects scheme (GGP), is providing Bt1.88 million for waste-management centres and promoting waste recycling in Samokhae sub-district in the Muang district of Phitsanulok province.
Richard Abela, country president of Novartis (Thailand) has donated Bt473,000 to the Pattaya Redemptorist School for the Blind, under the patronage of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn.
General Motors vice president of global manufacturing and president of international operations Tim Lee recently joined GM Southeast Asia president Martin Apfel to hand out 130 virtually indestructible footballs to schoolchildren in Chon Buri.