Tech firms donate cash, supplies for Sichuan quake

Summary:In response to the quake which struck Sichuan over the weekend, local and international technology companies in China step up to contribute money and goods, and set up donation platforms to support disaster areas.

Donated amount exceeded US$32.3 million a day after the quake.

With efforts led by Samsung, Apple and Foxconn, technology companies are among several others that have stepped up to donate money and supplies following the earthquake that hit Sichuan, China, on Saturday. 

According to Sina Tech on Monday, which cited Sina Technology Statistics, the amount donated by organizations including technology companies had exceeded 200 million yuan (US$32.3 million) within one day, as of April 22, 2013, 10am local time. 

They were responding to the 7-magnitude earthquake which struck the province on Saturday morning, leaving more than 200 people dead or missing, 11,800 injured, and upward of 100,000 homeless. Several technology companies donated money and goods as well as set up donation platforms to provide support to the disaster area.

Smartphone giants Samsung and Apple led monetary donations with 60 million yuan (US$9.7 million) and 50 million yuan (US$8.08 million), respectively, while Taiwan-based Foxconn Technology contributed US$8.08 million. Other Chinese technology companies Shanda Group, NetEase, Tencent, and Baidu participated with donations of 5 million yuan (US$808,720) each. 

Other companies donated essential supplies. Siemens, for example, offered CT medical equipments, while Microsoft China donated 1,000 relief packages and offered tents and other supplies. 

The Sina Tech report listed contributions from local and international technology companies to the earthquake, which included: 

Donations by other technology companies (Source: Sina Technology Statistics)

Company Amount/goods contributed (yuan)
Samsung China 60 million (US$9.7 million)
Apple 50 million (US$8.08 million)
Foxconn Technology  50 million (US$8.08 million)
ASUS  3 million (US$485,232)
Dell China  2 million (US$323,488)
High German Software

1 million (US$161,744) 

BBK Vivo

1 million (US$161,744)


1 million  (US$161,744), through Sina's public welfare donations

The Same Way Network

1 million  (US$161,744)

Amazon China

1 million (US$161,744)


CT medical equipment 

Microsoft China

1 million (US$161,744), 1,000 relief packages 

Dangdang E-Commerce



3 million (US$485,232)


1 million (US$161,744)


1 million  (US$161,744)


3.7 million (US$598,452)

Perfect World Gaming Forum

3 million (US$485,232)


5 million (US$808,720) 

tents and other supplies

Shanda Group

5 million (US$808,720)

Alibaba Group

5 million (US$808,720)


5 million (US$808,720)'s donors

2 million (US$323,488)


3 million (US$485,232)

The Baidu Foundation

5 million (US$808,720)


10 million (US$1.6 million)

Zoho CRM

500,000 (US$80,872)


5 million (US$808,720)

On Sunday, China's three largest telcos also worked to restore or partially restore services, while Internet  companies in the country launched initiatives  to assist quake victims, such as offering an online application to provide information about survivors and missing people. 


Topics: Tech Industry, China


Elly grew up on the adrenaline of crime fiction and it spurred her interest in cybercrime, privacy and the terror on the dark side of IT. At ZDNet Asia, she has made it her mission to warn readers of upcoming security threats, while also covering other tech issues.

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