Manpower Inc. (NYSE: MAN) today announced that it will be building a vocational training center in Tamil Nadu State in India to help the people most affected by the recent tsunami disaster to begin rebuilding their lives.
"We believe strongly in using our resources to create sustainable programs that are designed to make a difference in peoples' lives over the long term, and that's what has driven us to commit $1 million in financial and human resources for funding, infrastructure, human resources and implementation support for the new vocational training center that will be built in India," said Jeffrey A. Joerres, Chairman & CEO of Manpower Inc.
"Since the disaster struck, we have researched many potential activities that we could engage in to help people in the affected countries, and we concluded that India is where we could make the greatest impact on the long- term recovery efforts, by helping those who have lost their jobs, or have lost the primary income provider in their families, to move toward economic stability. Through the new vocational training center in India, we hope to play a small role in rebuilding those lives most affected by this tragic disaster," Joerres added.
Manpower is engaged in detailed discussions with the Tamil Nadu State Government to build and maintain the new vocational training center that will likely be located in Nagapattinam, one of the cities that has suffered the worst devastation in India from the tsunami.
Soumen Basu, Executive Chairman, Manpower India said, "In the wake of the tsunami, India is faced with loss of life and property, but also loss of livelihood. In most instances, the primary income earner is either dead or missing, directly impacting the economic future of families in the devastated area." He added, "We have been deeply distressed by the devastation we have witnessed first-hand in India and elsewhere, and the new vocational training center will enable us to play a very direct role in rebuilding lives and livelihood."
Consistent with the company's business philosophy of local people serving local markets, Manpower's operations around the world have been donating generously to their respective aid agencies since the tragic events of December 26. The total cash donation of approximately $700,000 across Manpower's operations will assist families in Asia who were directly impacted, as well as families in other countries who have lost relatives that were vacationing in Asia when the tsunami occurred. These donations, combined with the new vocational training center, bring the total Manpower commitment to tsunami victims to $1.7 million.
Manpower employees worldwide mourn the loss of Mats Savstam, Country Manager of Manpower Sweden, who passed away on December 30 from injuries sustained when the tsunami struck in Phuket, Thailand. The company is providing ongoing support to the Savstam family, as well as to other Manpower employees in Malaysia, India, Thailand and throughout the world who are suffering from the effects of the tragedy.
About Manpower Inc.
Manpower Inc. (NYSE: MAN) is a world leader in the employment services industry, offering customers a continuum of services to meet their needs throughout the employment and business cycle. The company specializes in permanent, temporary and contract recruitment; employee assessment; training; career transition and organizational consulting services. Manpower's worldwide network of 4,300 offices in 67 countries and territories enables the company to meet the needs of its 400,000 customers per year, including small and medium size enterprises in all industry sectors, as well as the world's largest multinational corporations. The focus of Manpower's work is on raising productivity through improved quality, efficiency and cost-reduction, enabling customers to concentrate on their core business activities. In addition to the Manpower brand, the company operates under the brand names of Right Management Consultants, Jefferson Wells, Elan and Brook Street. More information on Manpower Inc. is available at http://www.manpower.com/ .
About Manpower Asia Pacific
Manpower has 232 offices across 12 countries in Asia Pacific including: Australia, China PRC, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand.
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