As Cost of Natural Disasters Increase, New Report Maps Central Role for Corporate Philanthropy

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As Cost of Natural Disasters Increase, New Report Maps Central Role for Corporate Philanthropy

NEW YORK, July 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Catastrophic flooding in the Midwest. Millions of acres consumed by wildfires in California. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria striking in succession along the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts. Recent years have seen multibillion-dollar natural disasters become the new normal, in the U.S. and around the globe.   

In the face of these disasters, corporations are putting their financial, logistical, and human resources to bear when crises strike. Disaster Philanthropy Practices, a new report from The Conference Board, reveals how some companies are conceiving and implementing their major role in disaster relief, recovery, and preparedness. The report’s insights draw on a survey of The Conference Board Corporate Citizenship and Philanthropy Institute Councils, as well as conversations with individual Council members. Among the key trends noted in the report:…


Western Visayas most disaster resilient region in PH: Harvard study

Western Visayas is the most disaster resilient region in the country, a 2017 Harvard study revealed.

It was followed by Ilocos, Eastern Visayas, Mimaropa, Bicol, Caraga, Cagayan Valley, and Davao, according to the survey of Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) Program on Resilient Communities.

Zamboanga Peninsula, meanwhile, had the lowest levels of disaster resilience, followed by the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), now Bangsamoro, and Central Visayas.

The study used preparedness, adaptability, coping, and recovery as measures for disaster resilience, which HHI defined as “a measure of a population’s ability to adapt to changes in the environment and to the types of risks they face.”

The regions that had higher levels of post-disaster assistance also reported higher…

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