Helping those impacted by humanitarian crises
Recent world events have reminded everyone at Deloitte of the collective impact we can make when our people come together for a common cause, providing help to our colleagues and those impacted by humanitarian crises.
As the war in Ukraine continues, Deloitte and our people have demonstrated solidarity and support for Ukrainians, including providing financial donations, pro bono services and volunteer work. In response to the earthquake in Turkey and Syria, Deloitte Asia Pacific donated funds to The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support relief efforts such as the provision of first aid, shelter, food and financial assistance.
Closer to home, New Zealand faced two extreme weather events in FY23 – a severe flood in Auckland, quickly followed by Cyclone Gabrielle. Both caused significant damage and disruption in many communities. Deloitte New Zealand and Deloitte Asia Pacific responded, funding various mayoral disaster relief appeals that provided front-line assistance for affected communities.
Locally, Deloitte New Zealand also mobilised its people to support impacted communities, coordinating more than 250 volunteer hours locally. Activities included putting together and delivering food and care packs for affected homes and families. We also packed 100 backpacks with essential resources to enable schoolchildren to continue learning.
“This outstanding response really demonstrates our firm’s value, ‘Manaaki’ – that is, to take care of each other, our clients and wider communities – at a time of great need,” said Deborah Lucas, Chief Strategy Officer, Deloitte New Zealand.
Establishing coordinated approaches to disaster resilience in Australia with First Nations communities
February 28, 2023, marked the first anniversary of the 2022 catastrophic flooding that hit the NSW Northern Rivers, in what was Australia’s biggest natural disaster since Cyclone Tracy in 1974. Up to 20,000 people were impacted by the floods, including loss of life and thousands of people losing their homes.
The recovery process is slow and ongoing with mental health issues a major problem for affected people, many First Nations communities among them. Deloitte’s initial focus for the floods was on helping with the clean-up, logistics, fundraising, communication and getting immediate help to those who needed it. Since the floods, Deloitte Australia has helped Aboriginal Health Service Rekindling the Spirit raise over $650,000 in additional funding to meet the high demand for their work.
Our team also worked with the Jali Local Aboriginal Land Council to raise $250,000 in grants to fund recovery-focused officers as well as damage assessments and costing for the rebuild of the community infrastructure and housing. They are awaiting the result of a $5m grant application and helping Jali prepare for the next major funding round.
In a submission to the Senate Select Committee on Australia’s Disaster Resilience, signed by Deloitte Australia Indigenous Services Group Partner, Joe Hedger said, “With natural disasters becoming more frequent and severe, there is an imperative to establish a coordinated approach to disaster resilience that is First Nations-led, owned and driven.”