Disaster relief

Responding to natural disasters sustainably

We support sustainable community rebuilding and humanitarian projects in areas that have experienced a major natural disaster, primarily in developing countries.

After the initial emergency phase, we partner with local authorities and relief organisations to help affected communities rebuild and prepare for the future. Our contributions range from product donations and logistical support to transfer of knowledge and expertise. Decisions about whether or not to support relief efforts are made locally by Roche affiliate offices in consultation with the Corporate Donations and Philanthropy (CDP) group.

While our local offices may be able to offer an immediate response during the emergency phase of a disaster, if needs surpass the capacity of our local offices, they can be escalated to the CDP group to determine whether further assistance can be coordinated from the headquarters level. Extended disaster response efforts reflect our global focus on providing long-term and sustainable assistance as communities strive to get back on their feet. Long-term initiatives are often coordinated and funded through the CDP group or Roche Employee Action and Charity Trust (Re&Act), an independent trust that supports selected humanitarian programmes and community rebuilding projects around the world.

Roche has supported disaster relief efforts in a number of countries including Bosnia, Haiti, Japan, Malawi, Nepal, Pakistan, Peru and Philippines.

  • In Nepal, which experienced earthquakes that affected 8 million people in 2015, our local management centre responded by donating 180,000 vials of antibiotics in a phased approach. Since then, we have partnered with the World Wildlife Fund, the Nepalese government and local organisations to support rebuilding communities and ecosystems in Langtang National Park. We are also working on a two-year “Build Nepal Project” with Habitat for Humanity International. Together, we are supporting the rebuilding of the Salme municipality in the Nuwakot district, which saw 88% of houses destroyed in the earthquakes. The project will help to cover the most urgent needs of 500 families and provide access to safer, disaster-resistant housing solutions.
  • In the Philippines, we have completed our support of a three-year project with the Open Arms Foundation, which provided cost-effective solar light sources to people in rural and slum areas who continue to be affected by the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan in 2013.
  • In Haiti after the devastating earthquake in 2010, we supported the construction of two "disaster-resistant" schools in partnership with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. Both schools, which opened in 2012, sustained Hurricane Matthew in October 2016 and were unaffected.
  • In Pakistan, we partnered with The Citizens Foundation on an eight-year project to establish and extend a primary school in rural Jacobabad, which was built following extensive flooding in the area in 2010.

Tags: People, Society, Philanthropy