Since 2014, law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP has supported our ‘Vulnerability to resilience’ project, helping more than 60,000 people affected by extreme weather. These include communities affected by cyclones in Bangladesh, one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world.
Freshfields has committed £300,000 to the project as well as providing additional support through global employee fundraising activities and pro-bono services. The project focuses on 27 coastal communities in Bangladesh which are frequently exposed to cyclones and storm surges. It works to reach the most vulnerable people, such as women, who are often most at risk when disaster strikes, as well as helping the wider community to develop life-saving disaster preparedness plans.
Simon Hall, a partner at Freshfields said:
“The Red Cross is one of the most highly respected international charities with impressive reach worldwide, and with the ability to get right to the heart of the issues. They offered us a tremendous project that we can help with in a very direct fashion, as well as the opportunity to cooperate during the period of our support on a number of related activities across the network.”