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Disasters and humanitarian affairs

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Disaster resistant telecommunications facilities maintain communications


Natural disasters can have adverse effects on telecommunications which can increase the magnitude of disaster related damage. Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Group (NTT) have developed measures to protect telecommunication cables during natural disasters.

Catastrophe insurance bond for Taiwan


The Taiwan Residential Earthquake Insurance Program (TREIF) provides basic insurance to residents of Taiwan, that is specifically tailored to the earthquake risk in the area.

Quick Response to Asian Tsunami: ITT


When the tsunami hit southern Asia on 26 December 2004, International Telephone & Telegraph (ITT) industries announced that it would donate water purifying equipment and expertise to some of the areas hit hardest by the tsunami and contribute financial aid to the global humanitarian relief effort.

Habitat for Humanity partners with ArcelorMittal designing low-cost steel housing solution


In 2008, soon after the Tecucel River in Romania flooded and destroyed more than 300 homes, the ArcelorMittal Foundation formed a global partnership with Habitat for Humanity to improve affected families’ lives.

Business Roundtable collaborates with American Red Cross on disaster response preparations


In September 2007, the Partnership established a formal collaboration with the American Red Cross to strengthen the nation’s preparedness and response to disasters.

Cargill provided aid to those suffering from the earthquake in Haiti


In 2010, as a global food company, Cargill worked with its nonprofit partners to provide aid on the ground to help in Haiti after the earthquake.

Earthquake Disaster Reduction in Turkey


In 2000, following a major earthquake in Turkey, Arup joined five other British engineering and construction firms operating in the country to form the British Earthquake Consortium for Turkey (BECT).

ITU and Thuraya forge partnership for portable satellite terminals.


In July 2006, the International Telecommunication Union and United Arab Emirates' Thuraya Satellite cooperate to provide portable satellites for disaster relief to government authorities, rescue teams and humanitarian agencies for relief and rehabilitation efforts.

Canon supports Red Cross in promoting international humanitarian law


The French Red Cross is carrying out a project to introduce teenagers (10–19 year-old age group) to the basic rules of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) on the protection of victims of war and related issues.

Walmart pledges one acre of conservation land for every acre of land developed


Walmart joined with National Fish and Wildlife Foundation(NFWF) in 2005 to create the Acres for America program— a pledge to protect one acre of conservation land for every acre occupied by Walmart’s U.S. facilities to conserve wild lands and wildlife habitat for future generations.