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Tide over hardships from disasters
FKI / Business Ethics Task Force Team
2003-10-01
- Discussions regarding the formation of measures minimizing the loss from disasters -


On September 30, the FKI held an informal meeting among businesses at Businessmen's Club on the subject of "the need to form a cooperative network of businesses designed to provide mutual support from hardships caused by disasters." In the meeting, attendees discussed how to form a network and its operational plan designed to provide relief activities in case of a disaster.
After inspecting photos displaying scenes of activities for provision of relief to businesses that suffered losses due to disasters, the 160-plus attendees discussed ways to provide systematic and efficient relief activities in close cooperation with the authorities and relevant NGOs.

Plan to prepare a manual for dealing with disasters in consideration of business characteristics

The FKI's formation of "a cooperative network of businesses designed to provide mutual support from hardships caused by disasters." is based on the recognition that it is important to take measures that can help minimize losses from disasters that occur every year an put into operation a system allowing prompt rehabilitation in case of a disaster.
In his speech at the meeting, FKI Vice Chairman Myung-Kwan Hyun said, "It must be pointed out that the nation's disaster management system leaves much to be desired, which is demonstrated by the large-scale losses from disasters caused by floods or typhoons every year. There is a need for the establishment of an efficient general management system controlling relevant departments and organizations of the government."
He added, "The nation must make courageous investment in a disaster prevention system. We can see that other industrialized countries suffer much less damage even in the case of disasters similar in magnitude to what occurs in our country. It is all thanks to their sophisticated disaster prevention system, supported by precision meterological information equipment."
He also said that a series of guidelines adopted in connection with a "cooperative network of businesses designed to provide mutual support from hardships caused by disasters." was expected to help the civilian disaster management system be operated in a much more efficient way.

Composed of 5 teams with the participation of 200-plus businesses

Under FKI's plan to "form a cooperative network of businesses designed to provide mutual support from hardships caused by disasters." the network will be composed of 5 teams participated in by 200-plus businesses, i.e. the Administrative Support Team, the Supply Support Team, the Emergency Rehabilitation Team, the Civilian Relief Team and the PR Team.
The network plans to distribute disaster management manuals, supply first-aid kits, operate a disaster management site, and hold educational sessions for those in charge of disaster prevention and management at businesses.
FKI Deputy Secretary General Seung-Cheol Lee said that there was a possibility that the nation's exports and imports might experience problems due to the damage caused by Typhoon Maemi to harbors and stevedoring equipment. He made recommendations to the Government regarding structural improvement of power facilities, replacement of dilapidated facilities, qualitative improvement of the power industry, sophistication of the meteorological information system, establishment of a national disaster prevention/management system and prompt relief for the rehabilitation of areas affected by the damage caused by Typhoon Maemi.

Voluntary disaster relief work and businesses

In the presentation of an opinion with the subject of "Voluntary disaster relief work and businesses - lessons of the great earthquake in Kobe/Awaji," professor Tomohide of Osaka University said that it was important to establish firm relations between disaster-related NPOs and businesses as shown by the roles of the Keidanren and volunteer relief workers at the time of the great earthquake in Kobe. He added that, at the time of a disaster, businesses must cooperate with the local authorities responsible for disaster prevention through division of roles in addition to taking proper measures for losses incurred by it, for higher efficiency over the operation as a whole.
Seung-Goo Kim, a manager at Samsung Community Service Corps, made a briefing on the activities carried out by his team (3119 Emergency Relief Team), including those at the time of the crash of a Chinese airliner in 2002 under the disaster relief system of Samsung.
Other attendees, including Tae-Hyung Lim with the Community Service Department at KT and Dae-Suk Kwak with the Community Service Department at CJ, made presentation on their practices concerning disasters, showing how businesses respond to disasters.