Bacardi donates US$3 million to aid hurricane relief
Bacardi has donated US$3 million to disaster relief and recovery efforts for communities affected by Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria.
The company has designated US$2 million in cash and other assistance to Puerto Rico, and the remaining US$1 million to local relief agencies supporting communities impacted in Florida, other islands in the Caribbean, The Bahamas, and Mexico.
Bacardi will provide immediate relief and long-term rebuilding efforts in collaboration with several non-profit partners and local governments, including the government of Puerto Rico, in the affected communities.
Puerto Rico has been home to the Bacardi rum distillery since 1936 where the company produces its namesake brand. It is also home to the Casa Bacardi visitor centre in San Juan.
“The Bacardi family, company and our employees are deeply saddened by the devastation and horrific loss caused by the recent hurricanes and earthquakes. We hope these donations will help alleviate some of the stress and pain people are experiencing while addressing some of their most basic needs,” said Facundo L. Bacardi, chairman of Bacardi Limited.
“Disaster relief aid is part of our Philanthropy & Community Investment mission to provide assistance to communities in need,” added Bacardi.
“We’re working closely with government agencies and not-for-profit partners to identify the most pressing needs so we can provide meaningful support.”
The US$3 million pledge is in addition to Bacardi USA’s contribution of up to US$100,000 to support its business partners and others affected by Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas.