Since the Great East Japan Earthquake in March 2011, BASF has provided ongoing assistance as part of a program for longterm support for recovery. One part of this effort is helping to fund the “UNESCO Association Scholarship for 3.11 Disaster-Stricken Children and Students,” administered by the National Federation of UNESCO Associations in Japan (NFUAJ), which provides scholarships for children from disaster areas.
At the end of 2014, BASF donated around €50,000 (approximately ¥7 million1) raised by BASF Group employees to the NFUAJ through BASF Stiftung, a charitable foundation based in Germany. Scholarship funds are being used to support academic study by junior high and high school students in the three prefectures hardest hit by the disaster (Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima), over a three-year period starting from 2015. BASF has also allocated to disaster relief a total of €2 million (approximately ¥230 million2) collected from BASF Group employees following the earthquake disaster.
BASF is also aiding disaster recovery efforts from the April 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake, supporting educational programs for children through NFUAJ. Although local schools resumed classes in May, many suffered from damage or loss of teaching materials, and need support to make up for lost class time when schools were closed, as well as mental health counselling. BASF is addressing this situation through support for two NFUAJ programs. BASF has provided a total of ¥2.45 million toward these activities, including donations raised from employees in Japan.