In the wake of the catastrophic typhoon that swept the Philippines last week, the Board of Executive Directors of BASF SE has announced a cash donation of €300,000 ($403,000) to relief efforts in the islands. With funding from BASF, the Germany-based charitable foundation BASF Stiftung is committing this contribution to the relief activities of two international agencies, the United Nations World Food Programme and UNICEF, to provide immediate aid to victims of typhoon Haiyan/ Yolanda.
The donated funds will be used to deploy relief measures in the Philippines such as emergency food supplies, therapeutic food for children, health kits, water and hygiene kits. As many as four million children are believed to be affected by the emergency, according to the latest estimates from UNICEF.
Martin Brudermüller, vice chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF SE and responsible for the Asia Pacific region, said: "Following the devastating effects of Typhoon Haiyan, our thoughts are with the victims and their families. Fortunately, all employees of BASF and BASF sites in the Philippines are safe. We aim to support the recovery efforts in the Philippines through rapid relief measures. We also encourage our employees to show their concern through individual donations."