Immediate support for those affected by the earthquake in Indonesia
Leverkusen, October 17, 2018 – As part of its disaster relief program, Bayer is making €115,000 available in immediate assistance for people impacted by the severe earthquake and subsequent tsunami in the Indonesian province of Central Sulawesi. This aid is meant to support the relief operations for the affected communities in and around the provincial capital of Palu. The donation will go to local foundation Mercy Corps Indonesia. The organization will use the funds to provide clean water, sanitary facilities, hygiene kits, and distribution of emergency food and logistical support to health services. Mercy Corps Indonesia is a long-standing strategic partner of Bayer in the area of disaster relief.
President Director Bayer Indonesia, Mike Evangelista, “Our hearts go out to the victims of the calamity in Central Sulawesi. Bayer management and employees Bayer globally express our solidarity with you as we hope our contribution will be able to support in the relief and reconstruction efforts.”
In addition, employees of Bayer in ASEAN have also launched the Bayer Employees Solidarity Fund, which provides platform for employees to give their voluntary monetary donation. The employees’ donation will also be matched by the company up €10,000 and the donation will also be turned over to Mercy Corps Indonesia.
A lack of clean water and sanitation infrastructure means that hygiene levels in the camps will likely deteriorate without intervention, this poses a serious threat of them becoming incubators for diseases like cholera or dysentery," Genadi Aryawan, a member of Mercy Corps Indonesia’s response team in Palu reported about the cramped conditions there for survivors.
On September 28, 2018, the Indonesian province of Central Sulawesi was hit by multiple major earthquakes, which were followed by a tsunami. Thousands of people perished or are still missing. Tens of thousands of people have lost their homes and are in need of medical assistance.
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 by making material donations to help rebuild infrastructure. In addition, Bayer AG’s charitable foundation, the Bayer Cares Foundation, supports long-term reconstruction projects.
The company reserves €1.5 million annually for these measures. In 2018, €224,000 has already been used to aid flood victims in China and India. In 2017, 12 immediate assistance projects received donations of money, medicines and products worth more than €1.3 million.
Bayer Cares Foundation
As the social impact foundation of the innovation company Bayer, the Bayer Cares Foundation sees itself as initiator, promoter and partner for innovation at the interface between academia, industry and civil society. The programs are focused on people – their commitment to societal progress, their wealth of ideas in fulfilling social challenges, and those that arise in times of emergency. The foundation’s funding activities are a central element of Bayer’s global corporate societal engagement (CSE) of around €50 million annually – with the focus on promoting frontier science and social innovations connected to the UN’s Global Development Goals of Zero Hunger and Health and Well-Being.
For more information, go to www.bayer-foundations.com
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Contact for Bayer Indonesia:
Laksmi Prasvita, phone +62 21 3049-1490
Contact for Bayer Foundations:
Sonja Sänger, phone +49 214 30-39239
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