Offering our resources to communities in need
Our approach to disaster relief
We form strong ties with the communities we work within and we are quick to respond when they are in times of need.
If disaster occurs in regions where we operate, we provide direct financial support and pitch in to provide in-kind assistance where appropriate, such as supplying equipment to clear away debris, providing transport and logistics expertise and volunteering in clean-up activities.
We support organisations participating in emergency relief efforts to help restore people’s basic needs, such as food, shelter, water, security and medical aid. Longer term, our support is directed at rebuilding infrastructure and helping people re-establish their livelihoods.
Supporting disaster relief
Relief aid and rebuilding helps speed recovery: Chile
In February 2010, an 8.8-magnitude earthquake struck Chile leaving almost 2 million victims and damaging nearly 500,000 homes.
BHP Billiton Sustainable Communities contributed US$1.5 million to the Chilean earthquake relief non-profit organisation, Foundation Un Techo para Chile, while the Company’s Minera Escondida operation contributed a further US$1.5 million to relief efforts.
Just 63 km from the epicentre, in the city of Cauquenes, Liceo Claudina Urrutia de Lavín, a public school, was severely damaged. In March 2010, Minera Escondida approached the school’s administration with a proposal for a joint design and construction of an all-new educational facility to completely replace the destroyed former structure and become an attractive community meeting place restoring a sense of pride to the inhabitants of the city of Cauquenes. But that was not the only school to be rebuilt, Liceo Mariano Latorre, a public school in the city of Curanilahue was also severely damaged.
"This is really going to be one of the best schools in Chile." President Sebastiàn Piñera during a visit to the Liceo Claudina Urrutia de Lavín in April 2013
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Aid for victims of Cyclone Oswald: Australia
Cyclone Oswald struck Queensland and New South Wales in January 2013, causing major flooding, three deaths and over A$2 billion of damage to local communities. Through BHP Billiton Sustainable Communities, A$1 million was donated to the Red Cross Queensland Flood Appeal to provide humanitarian aid and emergency supplies.