TOKYO (Sept. 19, 2001)—Bridgestone Corp. in Japan, parent company of Bridgestone/Firestone Inc., has donated $1 million to the American Red Cross in response to the terrorist attacks on the U.S.
Management and employees worldwide share a sense of profound sadness at the recent attacks, the company said in a press release.
The donation is to help fund medical treatment and other support for the victims and their families.
“Personally, I feel a special affinity for the United States, where I lived for five years and where I have traveled extensively,” said Shigeo Watanabe, Bridgestone president, chairman of the board and CEO. “This donation is an affirmation of the close ties between the Bridgestone Group and the men and women of the United States. Those ties reflect Bridgestone/Firestone´s proud heritage of more than 100 years in America and its core position in our global organization.”
The company said it knows of no Bridgestone/Firestone employees or members of their immediate families who appear to have died or suffered injuries in the terrorist acts.
In addition to this contribution, Bridgestone/Firestone, through the Bridgestone/Firestone Trust Fund, has contributed $100,000 to the American Red Cross and is conducting fund-raising campaigns at its plant and office locations, including more than 2,100 company-owned stores.