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Leverkusen, October 13, 2017 – As part of its disaster relief program, Bayer is donating medicines worth around EUR 450,000 to people in the United States who have been affected by multiple hurricanes. This aid will offer swift and unbureaucratic relief to those in need in the southern United States. The medicines have been donated to the non-profit organizations Direct Relief (worth EUR 269,000), the American Red Cross (worth EUR 104,000) and Feeding America (worth EUR 76,000) for direct distribution to those injured during the storms. The recipient organizations are all held in high regard by the public and are longtime strategic partners of Bayer in the area of disaster relief.
The United States was struck by multiple hurricanes in August and September 2017. Several hundred thousand homes were damaged during the storms, with tens of thousands of people left homeless. To provide rapid relief to citizens in the state of Texas, which was heavily impacted by Hurricane Harvey, EUR 93,000 in donations were made to the organizations Direct Relief and the American Red Cross, respectively.
Providing disaster relief is part of Bayer’s social commitment. The company follows a dual strategy to help people affected by acute hardship: When disaster strikes, Bayer provides immediate assistance – either by donating money and medicines or making material donations to help rebuild infrastructure. In addition, Bayer AG’s charitable foundation, the Bayer Cares Foundation, supports long-term reconstruction projects.
Bayer has also provided support to projects in the following regions affected by disasters throughout the course of 2017: The Brazilian organization Mundo Positivo received a donation of EUR 203,000 to implement a preventive program in the state of Pernambuco, which has been hit by the Zika virus. The Canadian Red Cross received EUR 14,000 to combat devastating wildfires in rural areas. The Chilean fire service received EUR 95,000 to initiate a family protection program. Medicines were donated to the non-profit organization Direct Relief for direct distribution to people injured during the earthquake in Mexico (EUR 268,000); the CDC Foundation for distribution to young women attending prenatal visits in Puerto Rico, one of the countries affected by the Zika virus (worth EUR 56,000); the Colombian Civil Air Patrol to assist people affected by flooding in Mocoa (EUR 24,000); and U.S. animal welfare organizations to help care for pets and livestock injured by Hurricane Harvey (EUR 24,000). The Nigerian Ministry of Agriculture also received plant protection products worth EUR 30,000 for smallholder farmers to use to treat crops infested with armyworm moths. In total, thirteen projects have received donations of money, medicines, and products worth more than EUR 1.36 million.
Bayer Cares Foundation
As the social welfare foundation of the innovation company Bayer, the Bayer Cares Foundation sees itself especially as an initiator, promoter and partner for innovation at the interface between industry and the social sector. The sponsorship programs are focused on people – their commitment to public welfare, their wealth of ideas in fulfilling social needs, as well as those that arise in times of emergency. The foundation’s funding activities are a central element of Bayer’s global social commitment amounting to approximately EUR 51 million annually – with the focus on promoting scientific education and leading-edge research, and on providing health care and meeting the basic social needs of people who live near the company’s sites.
For further information on the Bayer Cares Foundation, please visit: www.bayer-foundations.com
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