Yum, Chevron, Uniqlo donate to PH typhoon victims

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 14 2013 10:45 AM | Updated as of Nov 15 2013 05:30 PM

MANILA, Philippines (2nd UPDATE) - More global companies, such as Yum! Brands, Chevron, Abbot, Deutsche Bank and Uniqlo, are sending donations for typhoon victims in the Philippines.

This is in addition to millions of dollars worth of cash and in-kind donations made by some of the world's biggest companies.

Chevron Corp., one of the largest investors in the Philippines, is contributing $1.5 million to the American Red Cross to provide relief assistance to areas affected by super typhoon "Yolanda" (international name: Haiyan).

"Chevron is committed to helping the people of the region begin to recover in the aftermath of this tragic event. While Typhoon Haiyan has inflicted great damage to many local communities, we are certain that it will not break the spirit or resolve of the Philippine people," said Steve Green, Chevron vice president of Policy, Government and Public Affairs."

Yum! Brands, the parent company of KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, said it is directing $1.5 million from its World Hunger Relief global effort to provide food to affected families in the Philippines. The funds will help the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) feed those in urgent need of food assistance.

"The situation in the Philippines is devastating and our sympathies go out to everyone impacted by the typhoon. The $1.5 million that we are sending will provide more than six million meals to those in need," said David Novak, Chairman and CEO, Yum! Brands, Inc.

Yum!, which has more than 385 restaurants in the Philippines, is also providing up to $50,000 through its Yum! Family Fund to help Filipino employees and their families affected by the storm get assistance and rebuild their lives.

Meanwhile, Bayer, which employs 900 workers in the Philippines, said it is providing immediate relief and reconstruction assistance worth up to P38 million (650,000 euros). The company is providing immediate financial aid of P5.8 million (100,000 euros) to the German Red Cross, as well as medicines worth P23.5 million (400,000 euros) to the Philippine Red Cross.

Bayer will also match empployee donations up to an amount of P8.8million (150,000 euros), which will be used for reconstruction projects.

At the same time, global healthcare company Abbott and its foundation are providing $450,000 in grants and healthcare products to deliver immediate relief to the Philippines.

The Abbott Fund is providing $350,000 in grants to CARE, Direct Relief, and the Philippine Red Cross through the American Red Cross. Abbot is donating up to $100,000 of critically needed products, such as antibiotics, oral rehydration solutions and nutritionals, to longstanding partners Direct Relief and AmeriCares.

Deutsche Bank said it will donate a minimum 300,000 euros (P17.6 million) to disaster relief efforts in the Philippines. The funds will be directed through the International Red Cross. Bank staff around the world are also making personal donations to relief efforts.

"This disaster has touched the hearts of Deutsche's employees throughout the world and we have seen an outpouring of support for relief efforts. We have a deep connection with the Philippines over many years and we will continue to contribute to relief efforts over an extended period," Deutsche Bank CO-CEO Asia Pacific Alan Cloete said.

Japanese clothing retailer Uniqlo said it is donating P1 million, as well as P1 million worth of clothing, to Yolanda victims in the Philippines. Uniqlo's parent company Fast Retailing Japan has also pledged to donate an additional ¥10 million.

"Uniqlo extends its deepest condolences to those impacted by the typhoon. We are committed to working with the people of the Philippines to provide rapid relief, and support for long term recovery efforts,” said Katsumi Kubota, Chief Operating Officer of Fast Retailing Philippines Inc.

Investment management company BNY Mellon said it is making an initial corporate donation of $100,000 to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to support relief efforts in the Philippines. It is also donating $25,000 to help Stop Hunger Now ship 100,000 packed meals to the Philippines.

BNY Mellon will match employee individual donations toward the relief efforts, dollar for dollar, through the company's Disaster Relief Matched Giving Program.

Wells Fargo, which has operations in Manila, said it is donating $250,000 to relief efforts in the Philippines, with the funds going to the American Red Cross and the International Medical Corps.

"While we are grateful that all of our team members there are safe and accounted for, our hearts go out to all those who were impacted by this storm. Our contribution will help get aid quickly to those who need it," said Tim Hanlon, head of Strategic Philanthropy and Partnerships for Wells Fargo.

Wells Fargo is also temporarily waiving all remittance transfer fees for ExpressSend transfers from an eligible checking or savings account to reduce the cost of sending money to the Philippines. This is effective through November 30.

US-based diversified chemical company FMC Corp. said it is donating $75,000 to typhoon victims in the Philippines through the American Red Cross. FMC has seaweed processing operations in Cebu and an IT regional service center and business operations in Manila.

"Although we are extremely grateful that all of our employees throughout the Philippines are safe, we know that the storm's impact across the country has displaced families, impacted food supplies and damaged telecommunications infrastructure. Our thoughts are with the Philippine people during this very difficult time, and we hope these funds assist with critical recovery efforts," Pierre Brondeau, FMC president, CEO and chairman, said.