Chemical, Drug Firms Offer Earthquake Relief | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 86 Issue 22 | p. 21 | Concentrates
Issue Date: June 2, 2008

Chemical, Drug Firms Offer Earthquake Relief

Department: Business

Major Chinese and international chemical and pharmaceutical producers are donating funds, products, and technology to assist earthquake relief efforts in China. Sinopec and its employees have provided more than $30 million in cash and goods for disaster relief and are still raising funds. The Chinese conglomerate ChemChina, which lost at least 36 employees in the disaster, is donating at least $2 million and has instructed its BlueStar subsidiary to manufacture small reverse-osmosis-based water purification systems for victims who lack drinking water. Meanwhile, several Western firms are matching their employees' donations. Dow Chemical and its employees have jointly raised more than $1 million in cash. Dow is also contributing two drinking-water units worth $300,000. DuPont and employees have so far donated more than $1 million in the form of cash and equipment such as protective gear for rescue workers. BASF and employees have donated more than $700,000 in cash to the Chinese Red Cross; the company is also giving away tents and other items. Eli Lilly & Co. is donating $1 million, mostly in the form of medicines, including antibiotics and insulin.

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