Amgen (NASDAQ:AMGN) announced that the Amgen Foundation has pledged $3 million to support urgent Hurricane Maria relief efforts in Puerto Rico. The Foundation also has committed up to an additional $2 million for longer-term rebuilding efforts. Amgen is also activating its Staff Disaster Relief Fund to aid Amgen staff in Puerto Rico, including financial assistance for shelter, medical attention, clothing and other critical relief.
“Our thoughts are with our colleagues, their families and everyone impacted by the devastation in Puerto Rico. We are committed to assisting with the relief and rebuilding efforts for all those who call the island their home,” said Cynthia M. Patton, chief compliance officer at Amgen and chair of the Amgen Foundation Board of Directors.
“This is a true humanitarian crisis impacting 3.5 million people on the island, including over 2,000 Amgen staff and their families. This commitment from the Amgen Foundation reflects our heartfelt concern for the community,” said Esteban Santos, executive vice president of Operations at Amgen and member of the Amgen Foundation Board of Directors. “In addition, Amgen is working to ensure access to our medicines for patients in Puerto Rico and to returning our operations in Juncos to normal as quickly as possible.”
The Amgen Foundation will also match donations made by Amgen staff around the globe who wish to contribute their own funds to the relief efforts resulting from Hurricanes Maria, Irma and Harvey, as well as the earthquakes in Mexico.