Like many disasters, the devastating earthquake in Haiti has prompted a widespread mobilization of aid and a global outpouring of support as the poorest country in the western hemisphere finds itself in crisis. The Red Cross has stepped forward as one of the early responders, along with Mercy Corps, Doctors Without Borders and the governments of many countries around the world. Wyclef Jean, a Haitian-born musician best known as a member of The Fugees, also has committed himself to the cause by fundraising through his organization, Yele Haiti.

Haitian history is marked by political instability and extreme poverty. As the extent of the devastation becomes clearer, many are offering to assist, including large companies with a global reach and concern.

Four of our member companies, The Coca-Cola Company, PepsiCo, Dr Pepper Snapple Group and Nestle Waters North America are donating to the relief efforts and encouraging employees, families and friends to follow suit. We acknowledge our reach not only through our wide range of products but also through our commitment to social responsibility in the international community.

The beverage industry has a long history of helping out in times of crisis and natural disaster such as this (examples include the California wildfires and Hurricane Katrina).

In times of disaster, to ensure relief in both the short and long term, the united effort of our industry can only help. This crisis is no different.