Corporate Citizenship Report 2010

Partnering with others

Delivering aid

A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III airdrops pallets of water and food to the town of Mirebalais, Haiti.


A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III airdrops pallets of water and food to the town of Mirebalais, Haiti, following a 7.0-magnitude earthquake that struck the country in January. (Insets, from left) Master Sgt. Douglas Brook and Tech. Sgt. Nicholas Wentworth of the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command, who also are certified emergency medical technicians, perform on-scene medical care in Haiti after the quake. Passengers on board a Canadian Forces C-17 are readied for takeoff for an evacuation flight from hard-hit Port au Prince, Haiti. U.S. Army Sgt. Kristopher Perkins, a CH-47 Chinook crew chief, comforts a child whose family is being flown to higher ground following flooding in Pakistan's Swat Valley in August.

Life-saving gifts

Flights of hope

Photo: Douglas Morrison/Los Angeles County Fire Department

Los Angeles County Fire Department/California Task Force 2 search-and-rescue team members are aboard a U.S. Air Force C-17 bound for Haiti to deliver personnel and emergency supplies.

Boeing rotorcraft, military transports and commercial jetliners answer the call for help when global disasters strike.

It might be a lone U.S. Air Force C-17 dropping replacement engine parts to a British fishing boat adrift in pack ice near Antarctica, or a fleet of the huge cargo lifters, operated by various nations and NATO, ferrying supplies to Haiti after a devastating earthquake there.

Perhaps it's a Boeing commercial jetliner loaded with food, medicine and other aid for victims of an earthquake in China, or Chinook helicopters evacuating displaced people from flood-ravaged Pakistan, or a V-22 Osprey utilizing its unique vertical landing and high-speed cruise capabilities to quickly get help where roads and runways don't exist or have been damaged.

Whether it's a small emergency in the ocean or a disaster that affects tens of thousands on land, when the call for help and assistance goes out, Boeing aircraft operated by customers and countries from around the globe become "flights of hope" as they perform vital relief and humanitarian missions.

Boeing gift to help reconstruct Haiti's public education system

Boeing and its employees, through a company-sponsored appeals program, committed $2.2 million to help the people of Haiti following a devastating earthquake in January 2010. The American Red Cross received $1.3 million of that amount for immediate relief efforts. The remaining $900,000 went to the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission (IHRC) to help Haiti rebuild its infrastructure.

Photo: Douglas Morrison/Los Angeles County Fire Department

Prior to leaving for a mission in Haiti in January, the Los Angeles County Fire Department/California Task Force 2 search-and-rescue team is shown with its six dogs whose training is supported by the Employees Community Fund of Boeing California.

"We hope our contribution will help ease the Haitian Government's enormous task of rebuilding schools and training classroom teachers," Boeing Chairman, President and CEO Jim McNerney said. "Few things are more important to a country and its people's future success than an accessible public education system."

Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive and former U.S. President Bill Clinton, who co-lead the IHRC, will work with Boeing to identify specific projects to support the implementation of the Haitian Government's education plan, specifically in areas directly affected by the earthquake. The innovative partnership with the Government of Haiti will target the development of a universally accessible, high-quality public education system.

The approval of "hundreds of millions of dollars worth of projects for the reconstruction of Haiti, highlights an opportunity for the Haitian people to re-imagine and achieve their vision for a better future," co-chair Clinton said.

The infrastructure contribution will be directed to the Haitian Government through the William J. Clinton Foundation to support specific education projects. The IHRC will review the projects. Boeing will select from the ones that are approved; it also will monitor the projects to ensure transparency and accountability for the contribution.