In November 2019, we announced our first global disaster relief and climate resilience partnerships with two of the world’s leading humanitarian agencies – Australian Red Cross and Save the Children. These three-year partnerships will enable the rapid mobilisation of support for disaster relief activities in response to catastrophic events, and support disaster preparedness and climate resilience initiatives for vulnerable communities around the world.
By redirecting a portion of the funds to climate resilience projects, we’re also supporting efforts of communities to protect themselves from physical risks and potentially mitigate future disaster.
“Every day we are witnessing and involved in the human impacts of extreme weather and expect the need for assistance to grow as we see more frequent and intense disasters.
“Our focus has always been on supporting local communities to respond effectively at times of crisis. Just a few months ago we stood alongside our international colleagues and supported them to provide assistance to millions of people affected by widespread flooding and landslides across South Asia. When Tropical Cyclone Penny hit back in May, Solomon Islands Red Cross asked if we could support them so that they could provide health, shelter, and water and sanitation services to more than 1,000 people.
“These exciting partnerships, which uniquely brings together QBE, Red Cross and Save the Children, will help us to deliver this vital work. Given the scale of the humanitarian impacts of climate change, we are very pleased that QBE is putting its resources and knowledge into addressing this issue.”
–Judy Slatyer, CEO of Australian Red Cross
“From deadly disasters to brutal conflicts, children across the world are facing life-threatening humanitarian crises at unprecedented levels, all exacerbated by climate change.
Our partnership with QBE goes to the core of this challenge and will help communities to become more disaster resilient; so we can save more lives and rebuild when disaster strikes.”
–Paul Ronalds, CEO of Save the Children Australia