In 2008, after the destructive Sichuan Wenchuan earthquake, the company paid close attention to the situation and peoples' living conditions in the disaster-hit areas. BYD's initial step was to donate RMB100 million and immediately dismount 1000 hoisting jacks from new cars-which were quickly delivered by air through the army-to be used to save as many lives as possible at the rescue sites.
Later, President Wang Chuanfu led the top team of the company to personally donate RMB 3 million to help rebuild schools destroyed in the disaster. The company also organized fund-raising activities many times among its staff and arranged to comfort employees affected by the disaster, helping them to overcome their difficulties and reconstruct their homes. The company compassionately admitted five students from the disaster-afflicted areas into its Shenzhen BYD Middle School. In addition, through contacts obtained during the relief effort, BYD also arranged for over 40 graduates to work in the company. Emerging from the earthquake, BYD's selfless contribution to the relief effort received praise and appreciation from all sectors of society.