Our Hope and Support Go Out to Survivors in Myanmar and China
After the devastating cyclone in Myanmar (Burma) and the tragic earthquake in China, Bristol-Myers Squibb, its affiliates, and the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation have so far pledged $725,000 in monetary support plus an additional $200,000 in free medicines and $813,000 worth of infant formula and children's nutritional products to provide emergency relief to those in need.
“We are saddened by the devastating effects of the natural disasters that hit Myanmar and the Sichuan Province in China,” CEO James Cornelius says. “Our thoughts are with all those affected by these tragedies.”
Bristol-Myers Squibb's office in Chengdu, China has been forced to close. Thankfully, no employees have been injured in this disaster, although some have been impacted. Our Mead Johnson employees in China and their families are safe, and our company’s main office and manufacturing facilities in Guangzhou were not damaged.
The Foundation has committed $150,000 to three organizations in support of their efforts under way in Myanmar and China. And, to date, the Foundation has matched $75,000 in contributions from Bristol-Myers Squibb employees in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. These donations will assist in immediate relief, recovery and reconstruction efforts. We also continue to work through our dedicated relief agency partners to monitor their needs and we continue to evaluate our response.
In addition, Mead Johnson China has donated $100,000 cash to relief efforts in China and $813,000 worth of infant formula and children’s nutritional products. Mead Johnson employees in the area are also donating blankets, camping equipment and clothing to support relief efforts.
Bristol-Myers Squibb's pharmaceutical operation in China is donating $100,000 to organizations working on the front lines to provide relief. This donation supports the Singapore Red Cross, which is working closely with its sister organization, Myanmar Red Cross Society, to ensure relief items are handed over personally to disaster survivors.
Bristol-Myers Squibb in China is also matching employee contributions and so far has committed $150,000 (to match the $150,000 raised by the employee fund drive) that will go directly to support earthquake victims in China. And, the company has donated $200,000-worth of medicines to help treat survivors.