BASF will contribute €250,000 to the United Nations Central Emergency Fund (CERF) for immediate aid to flood victims in Pakistan.
This donation, provided by the BASF Social Foundation, will be used in on-site initiatives such as the World Food Programme (WFP) and the World Health Organization (WHO). In this way, BASF will ensure that food, medicine and relief goods will reliably reach those most in need.
Dr. Jürgen Hambrecht, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF, said, “The natural disaster in Pakistan shocks the whole company. With this donation we aim to help people who have lost their homes and are now facing hunger and disease. In addition, I would like to call on all BASF employees to do their part in donating to the flood victims.” For example, BASF has started an employee donation campaign at its headquarters site in Ludwigshafen, Germany.
Immediately following the first floods, BASF Pakistan and its employees began relief actions with an initial donation of €40,000. Individual BASF employees also supported the company's internal flood-relief committee, generously donating food, medicines and utensils for the relief packets prepared for distribution. BASF established distribution points around company sites in Karachi, Lahore, Faisalabad and Sialkot, where relief packets containing basic food items, clothes and bed sheets, clean drinking water and medicinal aid to combat water-borne diseases are being distributed. Around 1000 relief packets offering emergency aid to the flood-hit villages and families in the interiors of Punjab and Sindh were dispatched via road.
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