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Hurrikan Katrina - Deutsche Wirtschaft leistet Hilfe in den USA

Berlin (06. September 2005)

Die vielfältigen Hilfeleistungen deutscher Unternehmen im Rahmen der Katrina-Katastrophe werden von der Deutsch-Amerikanischen Handelskammer USA-Süd in Atlanta koordiniert. Informationen zu den Aktivitäten deutscher Unternehmen finden Sie hier im nachfolgenden in English verfassten Bericht.



Financial Services will accommodate Hurricane Katrina victims with flexible payment options. Nearly 5,000 customers of BMW Financial Services in four states hit by Hurricane Katrina should not have to worry about making their car payments on time. In an attempt to alleviate at least a small part of the financial and emotional burden suffered by hurricane victims, BMW FS will work with those customers on flexible payment arrangements.

About 4,800 BMW FS customers in parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida are encouraged to contact the customer call center at 800-578-5000 at their convenience to discuss a payment option appropriate to their specific circumstances.

“In light of the tragedy and destruction left in the wake of this natural disaster, we want to be sure that our customers affected by Katrina do not experience any additional anxiety over late or missed car payments,” said Ed Robinson, chief executive officer for the BMW Financial Services, Americas Region. “We will work with each and every one individually – customers with leases and retail contracts alike – to arrive at a suitable arrangement.” Source: www.bmwusa.com

Siemens AG

is sending power, medical, water, and telecommunications equipment to aid in the hurricane relief efforts, also initiating a 100% matching donation program. Siemens today announced initial deployment of critical infrastructure equipment needed in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. The company is sending power generators to hospitals in Houston and Louisiana and telecommunications equipment to emergency centers and key hubs. Siemens is preparing to send USFilter water treatment equipment to the Gulf Coast areas and heart monitors and imaging equipment to Houston area hospitals. In addition, the company has announced a 100% matching donation program for its 70, 000 US employees. Donations will be made to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.

“Siemens employees join the rest of the nation in our concern and sympathy for those in Louisiana Mississippi and Alabama who are experiencing such devastation and loss from Hurricane Katrina,” said Siemens Corporation CEO and President George Nolen. “While the full impact and needs have yet to be determined, Siemens already has responded to requests for equipment related to healthcare and safety. We are prepared to continue assisting with the relief effort and ultimately the rebuilding of communities in the south. Our thoughts and prayers will be with our colleagues and their neighbors in the weeks and months ahead.”

Siemens has more than 2,500 employees in the affected areas. The company initiated a hotline for affected employees to call in if they need housing, supplies, clothing and other essentials. In addition, Siemens is working with the Red Cross and FEMA to determine what other products, services and manpower is needed to assist with the relief efforts. Source: www.siemens-usa.com

Bayer Corporation

Leverkusen – In light of the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina along the Gulf Coast of the United States, Bayer has pledged US$ 2 million to the U.S. Red Cross in the form of financial contributions and product donations to aid victims of the flooding. As part of this effort, the company’s employees in the United States are being encouraged to make personal donations to the relief effort and Bayer will match these contributions dollar for dollar.

“The images and reporting of the suffering and distress in the United States have touched us deeply,” said Werner Wenning, Management Board Chairman of Bayer AG. “We feel for everyone who has been hit so hard by this disaster. It goes without saying that we as a global corporation will move quickly to help in this situation. Our sympathy goes to all residents of the Gulf region who have lost family members or been made homeless and need help.”

Bayer employs more than 15,000 people in the United States. Fortunately there have so far been no reports that any of them have been affected by the hurricane. There has also been no damage to the company’s facilities. Source:www.bayer.com


will donate $100,000 to the Red Cross and match employee contributions. Source:http://money.cnn.com/2005/08/31/news/fortune500/firms_hurricane/


DaimlerChrysler Commits $1.1 Million to Hurricane Katrina Humanitarian Efforts. Chrysler Group’s Philanthropic Fund Commits $500,000 to Disaster Relief Efforts; Funds to be Disbursed to the American Red Cross and Local Charities in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. DaimlerChrysler Services Makes $250,000 Corporate Commitment to American Red Cross

Mercedes-Benz USA Makes $250,000 Donation to the American Red Cross; Matches Additional Employee Contributions. Freightliner Makes $100,000 Donation to the American Red Cross. DaimlerChrysler Services Offers Payment Relief Provisions to Chrysler Financial and Mercedes-Benz Credit Dealers and Customers. Mercedes-Benz U.S. International to Convert Training Center to Emergency Shelter for Storm Evacuees

2. September 2005, Auburn Hills, Mich. - Chrysler Group’s philanthropic arm, the DaimlerChrysler Corporation Fund, along with DaimlerChrysler Services, Mercedes-Benz USA, and Freightliner, today announced a joint commitment of $1.1 million in response to Hurricane Katrina’s devastation bringing raging winds and flooding to Gulf Coast areas.  The funds will be utilized to provide emergency shelter, food, water, supplies and other critical assistance to the areas affected by America’s worst natural disaster in more than 100 years.

The DaimlerChrysler Corporation Fund will make $500,000 available to recovery efforts, with $150,000 being allocated immediately to the American Red Cross, and $200,000 to local charities.  The Fund is currently selecting local charities that are engaged in humanitarian relief efforts in the Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama areas to disburse the funding support. An additional $150,000 also is available to match gifts made by employees, dealers, and retirees to aid the American Red Cross relief efforts. 

DaimlerChrysler Services will make a donation to the American Red Cross of $200,000, with an additional $50,000 employee match. Mercedes-Benz USA will make a donation of $250,000 to the American Red Cross. And, Freightliner, part of DaimlerChrysler's commercial vehicle division, will make a donation of $100,000 to the American Red Cross.  All American Red Cross donations are effective immediately. 'Hurricane Katrina wreaked havoc on our communities in the South,” said Klaus Entenmann, President and CEO -- DaimlerChrysler Services Americas.  “In the face of human tragedy, we join the growing community of the compassionate by contributing to the overall relief efforts.”

In support of the relief effort, Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) will make a $250,000 donation to the American Red Cross.  Additionally, MBUSA will match employees' contributions.  Headquartered in Montvale, N.J., MBUSA is responsible for the sales, marketing and service of all Mercedes-Benz products in the United States.  Through its philanthropic program, MBUSA supports organizations oriented around educating and empowering future generations, particularly those who are underserved.

In addition, DaimlerChrysler Services is offering special relief to Chrysler Financial and Mercedes-Benz Credit customers, including: Special circumstances payment extensions and deferrals for customers up to 90 days. Source: www.DaimlerChrysler.com

BASF Corporation

Provides $1 Million in Aid to Hurricane Katrina Relief Efforts:
BASF today announced that it will donate $1 million to agencies supporting Hurricane Katrina relief and recovery efforts in the company's site communities in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Texas. In addition to direct cash donations, the company has established the BASF Katrina Relief Fund with the Baton Rouge Area Foundation to accept employee and retiree contributions during the month of September to aid those affected by Hurricane Katrina, primarily in Ascension Parish, where BASF's Geismar, La., site is located.

'In keeping with BASF's tradition of helping the communities surrounding our sites, we will do everything we can to assist people whose lives have been devastated by Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath,' said BASF Corporation Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Klaus Peter Loebbe. 'We are still learning the full extent of the devastation. As we hold those who are going through so much pain and suffering in our thoughts and prayers, we are committed to supporting the relief and recovery efforts and help meet the challenges of the days and weeks ahead.' www.basf.com