On 11 March 201, A 9.0 magnitude earthquake and devastating tsunami struck the north-east coast of Japan. Thousands of lives have been lost, many more remain unaccounted for and families have been rendered homeless. Survivors facing aftershocks, cold weather and food, water and fuel shortages need help to cope with their nation’s worst crisis in 60 years.

In the face of this catastrophe, BNP Paribas Group is extending a hand to the relief effort. A donation of 100 million Yen (US$1,200,000; EUR 885,000) has been made to the Japanese Red Cross. BNP Paribas is also establishing procedures for matching donations made by its employees across the world. France, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Germany, Belgium Switzerland, and Poland are collecting donations from employees to be matche.

In the United States, BNP Paribas is also collecting and matching donations from its employees. Bank of the West announced today it is providing $100,000 in direct support to relief and recovery efforts and encouraging team members to consider personal contributions that will be matched up to an additional $100,000. First Hawaiian Bank has established a fund (the Japan-Hawaii Relief Fund) with a donation of $100,000. Contributions will be made to the Japan-America Society of Hawaii’s Japanese Red Cross fund.

In Japan, Cardif, which is very involved in local activities, has decided to join in its employees’ initiative by donating ¥50 million. The subsidiary’s employees have also collected ¥1 million, or €8,700, to aid victims of the disaster that has struck the country. Singapore, India, China, Australia and New Zealand, as well as Japan, have also set up systems to collect and match donations.

How can you help?
Google Crisis Response is an excellent resource to find out more about the organizations that are taking action and accepting donations.