International Disaster Relief Award, supported by the Department for International Development 2014

Recognising businesses that can demonstrate positive disaster relief action in the immediate aftermath of international disasters.

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BITC's Sue Adkins gives her perspective on the entries for this year's Award.

Over the coming decades it is expected that both the frequency and intensity of international disasters will continue to increase due to multiple factors including climate change, urban migration, population growth and increased scarcity of natural resources. In the aftermath of a disaster, working closely with governments and the humanitarian community, business expertise, products and services can be utilised to reduce risk, build resilience and provide essential relief to communities affected.

The International Disaster Relief Award, supported by DFID, was created this year to recognise the positive action and relief provided in the immediate aftermath of international disasters by businesses.

The companies awarded a Big Tick in this category confirm that businesses have an important role to play in international disaster relief, risk mitigation and preparedness.

Beyond cash donations, each Big Tick company is using its core business resource to respond to international disasters. Collectively these businesses have helped over 2 million beneficiaries, provided 800 skilled volunteers and given 250,000 working days to support international disaster relief. The following examples demonstrate the significant value and impact businesses have made by working in partnership with humanitarian agencies, governments and disaster prone communities. 

The following case studies provide more detail about the programmes that achieved a Big Tick and those shortlisted for the top accolade.

 

UPS Humanitarian Relief Programme
International Disaster Relief Award 2014 - Big Tick, Winner, Reaccredited, 2015.

UPS’ Humanitarian Relief Programme uses pre-approved funds, Logistics Emergency Teams and their own expertise and supply chains to assist disaster relief efforts around the world.

Published: June 2014
Bouygues UK - Emergency Architect International Partnership
International Disaster Relief Award 2014 - Big Tick, Shortlisted, Reaccredited, 2015.

Bouygues UK send volunteers to work with Emergency Architects in Haiti using their skills to help local people rebuild services and their lives.

Published: June 2014
BT Group plc - International Disaster Relief
International Disaster Relief Award 2014 - Big Tick, Shortlisted, Reaccredited, 2015.

BT uses its products, services and people to help restore communications in disaster-hit areas, and via their MyDonate platform supports fundraising for the Disaster Emergency Community (DEC) and other charities.

Published: June 2014
Royal Dutch Shell plc - Relief & Rehabilitation Programme for Super Typhoon Haiyan victims
International Disaster Relief Award 2014 - Big Tick, Shortlisted

In the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, Shell mobilised immediately to provide relief and support long-term rehabilitation of the affected communities.

Published: June 2014
Allen & Overy LLP - Mitigating the impact of natural disasters – a legal approach
International Disaster Relief Award 2014 - Big Tick

Allen & Overy has developed a suite of legal tools which countries can use to deal with issues that arise in the aftermath of a natural disaster.

Published: June 2014

 

 

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