Cargill responds to Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines
November 21, 2013
On November 8, Super Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in the central region of the Philippines, resulting in massive destruction and loss of life, as well as significant disruption to infrastructure, transportation and logistics systems. The typhoon was reported to be the strongest tropical storm ever at time of landfall, with winds of up to 190 miles per hour, making it the third Category 5 typhoon to make landfall in the Philippines since 2010.
While the Cargill facilities and employees in the country were not directly impacted, the company recognized the immediate and significant needs of its customers, suppliers and the general public in the communities that were hit the hardest.
In response, Cargill is donating $100,000 to the U.N.’s World Food Programme (WFP), an organization with expertise in the swift procurement and distribution of high energy food and supplies to areas impacted by natural disasters. The organization is currently on-the-ground working with the country’s most vulnerable populations. Cargill has partnered with WFP since 2001 to improve nutrition, health and education opportunities for children around the world. In that time, the company has contributed $14 million to WFP.
In addition, some of Cargill’s businesses in the Philippines are coordinating local relief efforts with in-country nonprofits, including Philippines Business for Social Progress and United Way. The company has also invited its global employees to make personal contributions to its other partner agencies involved in the relief effort.