The UPS International Disaster Relief Award, supported by the Department for International Development

Recognising business’ unique contribution to addressing international disasters, helping communities to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters.

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UPS logoBusinesses play an important role in addressing international disasters. Going beyond financial contributions, they can offer skills, DFID UK Aid logoproducts and services, leverage their core business assets and competencies, and through collaborative partnerships, help address the impact of disasters.

This Award recognises the unique power and potential of business to engage and support those impacted by disaster. Working together with their NGO and humanitarian partners, businesses can make a huge difference to the lives of so many.

- Rt Hon Desmond Swayne MP TD,
Minister of State for International Development

UPS is honoured to sponsor this award to recognise the important contributions of private-sector organisations who assist in mitigating and providing relief in humanitarian crisis.

- Eduardo Martinez,
President, The UPS Foundation, UPS Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer

International disaster relief in this award category refers to all aspects of the disaster management cycle: disaster risk reduction and risk mitigation, resilience building, disaster preparedness, response, recovery and rebuilding. We welcome entries addressing any of these.

The frequency, intensity and complexity of disasters will increase over the coming decades. Globalisation means the impacts of those disasters on business and communities are increasingly evident, and businesses are being called upon to scale up their response to such events by internal and external stakeholders. Through their actions, businesses have demonstrated that business and social value can be increased by taking a strategic approach to international disasters, building the business case and developing long term collaborative partnerships.


A successful entry can focus on:

  • Any aspect of the disaster management cycle: disaster risk reduction, risk mitigation, resilience building, disaster preparedness, disaster response, post disaster recovery and rebuilding.

  • A specific international disaster, or on an overall global/regional programme or strategy that your company has put in place to address international disasters. For the latter, you should illustrate your entry with examples or case studies of how the programme has been implemented in one or more specific international disasters.

  • Natural disasters, conflict and or man-made disasters, or a combination of these.

  • International disasters that took place any time within the last five years (i.e. since 1 January 2011). Please see the guidance document for details of how we classify an international disaster.

  • Entries must demonstrate both a social benefit AND a business case for the company’s engagement in International Disaster Relief.

  • Entries can, if appropriate, present the work that companies have done collaboratively as part of a partnership or group to address international disasters.


  • This category is open to all members of Business in the Community and any non-member private sector business. This may include social enterprises but does not include charity organisations or NGOs unless they are tied to a corporate entity in a joint application, for example, Company X and the Company X Foundation. 

  • Entries can focus on contributions to international disaster relief that your company has made individually, or as part of a partnership or coalition. Please note that, in the case of partnerships, entries must be submitted by a private sector partner. Entries submitted directly by humanitarian partners will not be accepted.

  • This Award is open to businesses based in any country. The entry must focus on impact in international disasters (see above).

  • The entry should be for a programme that goes above and beyond any regulatory or legislative requirements of the business. For example, a critical infrastructure provider, such as a water or telecommunications company, which is legally required by the government to respond to critical incidents would not be able to enter this work for this award. They would however be able to enter other programmes that exceed these legal requirements.

  • Businesses of any size can enter and will have an equal chance of winning. Entries are assessed against the scoring guide as relevant to the business’s operational scope.

For more information please email Rosie Oglesby, Programme Manager, International Disaster Relief at Business in the Community at

Read Rosie Oglesby's thoughts on the role of business in responding to humanitarian crises.