Our most difficult challenges have taught us invaluable lessons about trusting in each other, supporting one another and being agile and resourceful so we can be prepared and apply what we’ve learned to avert or mitigate disasters.
In 2015, Chennai, India experienced severe flooding, displacing 1.8 million people according to media reports. BNY Mellon quickly launched a coordinated effort to help local employees obtain essential life necessities, like safe drinking water, housing and money. At the same time, we focused efforts on ensuring uninterrupted client service. We supported local relief charities with a significant donation, and employees around the world made personal donations to the local Red Cross, matched by BNY Mellon. In addition, our people contributed over the past several years to aid those affected by natural disasters, such as Hurricane Sandy ($1.5 million), the Haiti earthquake ($1 million), the Japan earthquake and tsunami ($770,000) and Typhoon Haiyan ($385,000), among others.
“Our company makes it possible for us to get involved on a larger scale, with teams of people, paid volunteer time off and financial support. This enables us to have a greater impact on our communities — whether through fundraising for a worthy cause, rebuilding houses, feeding those in need, providing disaster relief, supporting our veterans, teaching people to read, comforting chemotherapy patients or countless amazing events. Thank you, BNY Mellon, for helping to make me the passionate volunteer I am today and teaching me what it means to give to, support and empower others!”
– Tammi Ventura, Product Manager for Treasury Services