Haiti: Two Years Later

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Welcome to our 2012 portal documenting the continued involvement of businesses in Haiti's earthquake recovery. Inquiries about this page or about business partnerships for Haiti's recovery can be sent to Catherine Keller.

Haiti: A Bright Business Horizon

By: Taryn Bird
If you have ever traveled to Haiti, you know as well as I do there is one defining characteristic that you can’t miss: the entrepreneurial spirit that the Haitian people possess everywhere you go. In fact, business classes and managers around the world could learn a thing or two from entrepreneurs on the streets of Port au Prince, particularly around market adaptation.

In the last two years Haiti has forced companies to think more strategically about how to run a successful business in a country that not only requires market adaptation but also social investment. These two elements are equally as important. Working in Haiti has forced CSR and business units to fuse their respective tenets to find opportunity for market success and social improvement. Read more>

Examples of Business Partnerships for Recovery

Abbott Laboratories has joined forces with Partners in Health to leverage its technical expertise in the health arena to produce a high-calorie, high-protein, peanut-based paste that addresses malnutrition in children.

Citi partnered with the Soros Economic Development Fund to launch a professional training program with CODEVI, an apparel manufacturer located in the northern part of the country.

CSS International Holdings, Inc., in partnership with Executives Without Borders, launched a cash for recyclables program in Haiti.

Dow donated two ultra filtration water systems to provide much needed water at a capacity of between 5,000 and 10,000 gallons a day in partnership with Pure Water for the World.

Greif International has leveraged their manufacturing expertise to create effective, lightweight and hygienic products for the personal transport of clean water from the source to the home, offering relief to women and children in Haiti.

The Intel Education Service Corps is teaming up with Zynga.org and FATEM to set up a computer lab with 35 Intel-powered classmate PCs at L'Ecole de Choix, a school in Mirebalais designed to provide the highest quality of education to children regardless of economic status.

NetHope and Microsoft worked to provide immediate systems, communication and collaboration technology support for relief agencies. As the focus moved to rebuilding, the NetHope Academy was developed to provide real-world, on-the-job training opportunities for Haitian computer science students in corporations and humanitarian organizations.

Motorola is working with in country partners to provide entrepreneurship training and job opportunities in partnership with the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund.

 

 

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President Clinton Addresses BCLC-UNOP Forum
 

During a session titled "Recovery Efforts in Haiti: Moving Beyond Emergency Relief," President Bill Clinton offered remarks to a BCLC forum audience in 2010.

Haiti - What is Needed Now?

A business delegation trip coordinated by BCLC,  Executives Without Borders, CHF International in June 2010 assessed opportunities for businesses to make a long-term difference in Haiti.

2011 Global CSR Conference
 

Back-to-back sessions focused on Haiti's recovery and business models for economic and social progress.

New Plan to Help more Haitians Recover from Disaster

Interview with World Bank Special Envoy to Haiti, Alexandre Abrantes.

Ramase Lajan is Open for Business

Executives Without Borders and CSS International Holdings, Inc. launched a cash for recyclables program in Haiti.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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