CLERMONT-FERRAND, France (Sept. 13, 2001) – In response to the tragic events in New York City, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania Sept. 11, the Michelin Group will contribute $1 million to assist the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. The Michelin Relief Fund also has been opened to all 128,000 Michelin employees worldwide who wish to make donations.
“It is impossible to find words to express the anguish we feel for the tragedy that has befallen the United States,” said CEO Edouard Michelin. “On behalf of all Michelin employees throughout the world, I offer our heartfelt sympathy to those touched by this disaster. We hope our contribution will help in some small way to assist those in need.”
Although Michelin had no personnel injured in the terrorist attacks, the company said it wished to respond directly to the events. Jim Micali, chairman and president of Michelin North America Inc., said “Michelin employees in the U.S. have been deeply affected by the needs of the victims of these terrible events. Later today, we will announce some additional steps to help relief efforts in New York City.”
The Michelin Relief Fund will be established immediately to help victims through the National Disaster Relief Fund of the American Red Cross.
“The American Red Cross is working around the clock to ensure that those affected by the tragedies on Tuesday have comfort and care,” said John Clizbe, Red Cross vice president of disaster service. “We are grateful that so many people, including those from corporations such as Michelin, have demonstrated a willingness to help the Red Cross provide immediate relief to everyone who has been touched by these catastrophic events.”