500 pounds of trash and dangerous fishing line removed at popular scuba spot
Driving tourism back to Puerto Rico is a business priority as it continues to feel the effects of a devastating hurricane season in late 2017. Known for its pristine beaches and colorful coral reefs, restoring life underwater is among the many ways Bacardi and Mercy Corps are helping promote tourism, a major source of income for many communities on the island. With funding by Bacardi and others, Mercy Corps teamed up with residents, business owners and tourists for two underwater clean ups at Rompeolas, a popular spot for snorkeling and scuba diving.
One year following Hurricanes Maria and Irma, Puerto Rico is still rebuilding.
In 2018, Bacardi provided a $1 million grant to Mercy Corps, a global humanitarian organization, to aid in long term recovery, providing support to small business owners and tourism restoration in the Caribbean.
One of these programs included the restoration of Tamarindo Bay, Culebra. Volunteers came together to clear debris from 1.3 miles of coast. Seasoned divers were deployed below water to help replant and stabilize coral.
More than a year after Hurricanes Maria and Irma hit the Caribbean, recovery efforts continue. As home to Casa BACARDÍ Visitor Center and the world’s largest premium rum distillery in the world, the recovery of Puerto Rico remains a priority for Bacardi. In 2018, the company provided a USD $1 million grant to Mercy Corps, a global humanitarian organization, to drive longer term rebuilding and recovery, providing support to small business owners and tourism recovery in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and St. Martin.
Skyrocketing numbers of people fleeing conflict. Increasing frequency and severity of natural disasters. Decreased diplomatic efforts. Slashed foreign aid budgets. A West that is increasingly embracing narrow nationalism and isolation. It all leaves us in the humanitarian community concerned for the future of our interconnected world.
Reviving tourism and agriculture is critical for the island’s economic recovery following last year’s hurricane
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, September 20, 2018 /3BL Media/ -- One year after deadly Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, the global organization Mercy Corps is helping the island’s small businesses, farmers and fishermen get back on their feet.
At the BSR Conference 2017, a panel of experts from the private sector gathered on stage to discuss what business can do to help solve the global refugee crisis. Panelists included TripAdvisor President and CEO Stephen Kaufer, MercyCorps Chief Executive Officer Neal Keny-Guyer, and Executive Vice President of Sustainability and President of Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth Shamina Singh. BSR Associate Director Peter Nestor moderated the panel.
"When you leverage your business expertise and the value of your business—that is how you make a difference," said Singh.
RYE BROOK, N.Y., October 26, 2017 /3BL Media/ - Xylem announced plans to expand its support for the ongoing recovery and rebuilding efforts in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of the devastating effects of Hurricane Maria. The Company has pledged financial support, including matching employee contributions, as well as a new effort to bring clean water to several of the hardest hit areas of the island.
Technology has the potential to transform the way organizations like ours tackle the world’s toughest challenges.
With 65 million people forced from their homes in search of safety and a better life for their families, humanitarian and development organizations like Mercy Corps are stretched to our limits. At the same time this record number of people is on the move, technology advancements are breaking down geographic barriers and creating an inter-connectedness the likes of which the world has never seen before.
Team of Cruise Lines Demonstrating Support for Employees from Nepal Through Donations to Mercy Corps, Disaster Emergency Committee and Save the Children in Broader Relief and Rebuilding Efforts Across the Country
MIAMI, May 6, 2015 /3BL Media/ – Carnival Corporation & plc teamed with several of its global cruise brands to pledge $200,000 to relief efforts in Nepal in the wake of April’s devastating earthquake.
Carnival Corporation is working through Mercy Corps, the Disaster Emergency Committee and Save the Children to support on the ground teams distributing emergency supplies and aiding rebuilding efforts targeting the most affected families in Kathmandu and surrounding areas.