Inditex, today has handed over to the Red Cross International Federation a water purifier unit and has also undertaken to distribute humanitarian relief material especially addressed to child population. Both initiatives, in the aggregate amount of five million dollars, are part of the emergency plan activated by Inditex to help the rebuilding process started in the Sichuan region after the disaster caused by the earthquake last 12 May.
The water purifier unit (Water and Sanitation Emergency Response Unit) which shall start forthwith to be operative has a purification capacity of 250,000 litres /day, thus ensuring the daily supply of drinking water for 25,000 individuals. Meanwhile, the humanitarian relief material, in the amount of 4.5 million dollars, is comprised of a range of basic commodities for children, an age group especially vulnerable in the event of such catastrophes.
The response of the Group to such events as that occurred in China, is channelled through the so called "emergency programs" designed by Inditex in the framework of its Corporate Social Responsibility model to help alleviate the negative impact on communities hit by a disaster. Over the last years, Inditex has activated its emergency programs in respect of the earthquake occurred in Peru, the fires in Greek forests, the tsunami in Sri Lanka or the sinking of oil tanker "Prestige" off the Galician coasts in Spain. As of today, the relief fund for those affected by the earthquake in Sichuan, one of the largest efforts ever undertaken by Inditex, may be added to the above referred projects.