Rio Tinto has shown its support behind the Red Cross bushfire appeal by donating a further $750K to disaster and relief efforts.
The company has now donated $1M to the Red Cross Disaster Relief which will help Red Cross emergency service teams provide vital support to impacted communities including:
- safe places to take shelter;
- psychological first aid to reduce trauma;
- information and practical assistance through the time it can take to recover; and
- longer-term recovery programs in affected communities.
Since November 2019, hundreds of Red Cross emergency personnel – mostly volunteers – have manned relief and evacuation centres in bushfire impacted communities around the country.
Rio Tinto is also providing employees involved in current volunteer firefighting efforts with full leave entitlements.
Rio Tinto chief executive J-S Jacques said “With the escalation in the bushfire crisis, which has caused devastation for many Australians, we have increased our donation to A$1 million to support the Red Cross in its tireless work caring for affected communities.
“We are also ensuring any of our employees involved in firefighting and relief efforts are supported throughout this period with full leave entitlements.
“Beyond these steps announced today, we will continue to explore ways to help impacted communities in this time of need.”
Despite the donation, several social media users have slammed Rio’s response to the emergency with some claiming it amounts to just 0.025% of its annual revenue. Others said it spends more money on ‘pushing climate change denial.’
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