From volunteering to gifts in kind, matched giving and fundraising appeals, we think it’s important to do our bit to help those hit by a humanitarian disaster. Our efforts brought emergency relief to almost 20,000 people last year around the world.
As a global business with bases in many countries, humanitarian emergencies touch us closely. We do what we can to help by contributing funds and resources to relieve suffering and help rebuild lives.
We’ve developed a framework to assess where our support is most needed.
We’ve responded to a number of recent humanitarian disasters, including Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda in the Philippines, the Nepal earthquake, and floods in India, Mozambique and Pakistan.
Various business units have given to organisations such as the Red Cross, Red Crescent and World Vision to support their life-saving relief work. Staff have also organised their own fundraising activities, and helped generate aid from customers and contractors.
We help in kind too. After Typhoon Haiyan, for example, we provided trucks and heavy lifting equipment to deliver emergency aid as quickly as possible. Staff also volunteered weeks of their time to rebuild homes destroyed in Tanauan, eastern Philippines.
Bernard Kerblat, Philippines representative of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, commented:
“Great job you have done here. DP World’s efforts in Manila ports have been supportive of the massive relief efforts since day one of Yolanda. Six months later, you are still here helping rebuild Tanauan. Hats off to you.”
19,665 people benefited directly from our disaster relief activities in 2014-15 with our employees volunteering a total of 1,179 hours of their time.
Support from DP World helped provide essentials like food, blankets, hygiene kits and medical equipment to people made homeless by disasters.