South32 is a globally diversified mining and metals company, with more than 14,000 employees across nine countries. Around the world, South32 is helping people improve their lives through the development of natural resources.
South32’s response to the bushfire crisis
South32 donated directly to bushfire appeals and encouraged their employees and contractors to contribute as well:
1. Employee Matched Giving program
In January 2020 the company launched a dedicated fundraising page where employees and contractors could donate to the Australian Red Cross, Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service Inc (WIRES) and Buy A Bale. To date AU$95,000 has been raised – an amount South32 doubled as part of the company’s Matched Giving program.
2. Corporate Pledges
In addition to the company’s Matched Giving program, South32 donated AU$1 million to organisations dealing with the crisis.
In November 2019 an initial donation of AU$500,000 was made to the New South Wales Rural Fire Service and the Rural Fire Brigades Association Queensland Inc to help regional brigades purchase equipment to assist with firefighting and mitigation, firefighter health and safety, and fire service mapping tools.
As the disastrous bushfire crisis continued to unfold in Australia, South32 donated an additional AU$500,000 in January 2020 to the Australian Red Cross in support of disaster relief.
3. Product Donations
The company also made in-kind donations of face masks for smoke protection to the fire services and across Australia many employees and contractors volunteered with local fire brigades to support the firefighting efforts.
South32 Chief Executive Officer, Graham Kerr, said:
“Our thoughts are with all who have been impacted and our gratitude goes to the emergency service workers and disaster recovery organisations whose tireless efforts of courage and dedication to protect and restore their communities is extraordinary.”