Friday, September 09, 2005

Not Good Enough

The Business Roundtable launched the Partnership for Disaster Relief to advance the private sector’s role in disaster preparedness when a natural disaster occurs.

“The U.S. business community’s overwhelming response to this unimaginable disaster follows the lessons learned after last December’s devastating tsunami. Our members and humanitarian partners experienced firsthand the essential role private sector support plays in disaster relief; but we also learned that business support must be a coordinated effort to be most effective.” Hank McKinnell, Chairman of Business Roundtable and Chairman and CEO of Pfizer Inc.

Hey, they raised $145 million from their member companies. That's great, right. I don't think so.

How about Pfizer?
Revenue: $53 Billion
Cash on hand: $14 Billion
Donation: $2 million

Who benefits from this disaster more than Exxon? How much did they give?
Revenue: $296 Billion
Cash on hand: $25 Billion
Donation: $7 million

Procter & Gamble
Revenue: $56 Billion
Cash on hand: $8 Billion
Donation: $1.25 million

American Express
Revenue: $29 Billion
Cash on hand: $10 Billion
Donation: $1 million

Boeing
Revenue: $54 Billion
Cash on hand: $5 Billion
Donation: $1 million

The full list of Roundtable companies is here.

I don't know, call me unimpressed. This seems to me like the average person offering a cup of coffee. This is not about evil big business. It is about getting alligator arms when people need you to dig deep. They could do more, much more.

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At 9/10/2005 12:31 PM, Blogger Ripama said...

It seems that there is no shortage of demogogues when it comes to Katrina, and the MSM has played it's role as scripted. In more ways than one the media becomes more frightening with each new controversy, disaster or gaff.

With all the flack from the MSM we tend to forget about what it actually takes to make this country work.

Like anyone else who thinks they have all the answers, I neglected to consider the efforts of the business community.

The following comment (written for another blog) mentions a Conversion Point. I suppose that it should be corrected to indicate another Conversion Point; The positive and overwhelming reaction of private citizens, church groups and corporations to support Katrina Relief efforts.



*
The Katrina episode represents a classic Conversion Point.

Differing elements arrived at a point in time, and place, to form the nexus, or Conversion Point.

Element 1: Governmental corruption
Element 2: The neglected levies
Element 3: Governmental corruption
Element 4: Hurricane
Element 5: Governmental corruption
Element 6: Broken levies/flood
Element 7: Governmental corruption
Element 8: Abandoned evacuation plan
Element 9: Governmental corruption
Element 10: Media corruption


This disaster wasn't about racism, poverty or Bush. It was primarily about governmental corruption.( the inability of government to function as it was intended to in the event of an emergency.)

Natural disaster's affect all living creatures. The earliest humans experienced disasters that would make New Orleans look like Eden. Nevertheless, early humans had to plan and prepare for disaster as well as defense. Consequently, preparedness and execution of contingency plans are a basic human requirement for survival.

It was for these primary purposes that "governments were instituted among men", to ensure that society will prevail and recover from war or disaster. In the US Constitution this notion is expressed as "...promote the general welfare..."

 
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