Any US Corporate Response to Japan Disaster?

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Atsugi base residents donate supplies for earthquake relief in Japan.

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Wal-Mart responded with $20 million in cash donations, 1,500 truckloads of free merchandise, food for 100,000 meals and the promise of a job for every one of its displaced workers (Barbaro & Gillis 2005).  As the Japanese government struggles to recover from the recent earthquake, care for its citizens and avoid a nuclear disaster, I was wondering what, if anything, corporations were doing to help in the effort.

A recent report by Reuters outlined the “Japan quake’s impact on U.S. companies.”  With so many US companies affected and operating in Japan I hoped that the same were responding with aid to the devastated region.  I was concerned when a simple google search resulted in only two pertinent stories about aid coming from Sun Life Financial and Microsoft.

Then I stumbled upon a site by the US Chamber of Commerce’s Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC) entitled, “Corporate Aid Tracker – Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami, March 2011.”  Here I learned that global corporate assistance for this crisis has reached approximately $45 million by over 40 companies, many responded with size-able donations to the American Red Cross.

Hopefully with continued assistance from governments, corporations and individuals, Japan can recover more quickly from this recent disaster.  We all have a responsibility when a natural disaster of this magnitude occurs.

Image Credit:  Official US Navy Imagery via Flickr under CC license.

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  1. emily — there are lots of releases going up on CSRwire trumpeting corporate relief to Japan in case you want to do a an analysis.

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