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Corporate Community Interface in Disaster Management – A Preliminary Study of Mumbai, India

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The frequency of natural disasters, particularly in Asia Pacific regions, has drastically increased in the recent years. Responding to this unprecedented frequency and magnitude, the corporate sector has started to play a vital role in lessening the damage and impact after disaster as well as risk-reduction activities. This study took an exploratory survey among a number of corporate sector companies in Mumbai, India, and studied their attitude and behavior toward community and disaster management by focusing on their risk management, community involvement, and corporate social responsibility practices. It provides a wide range of corporate activities in disaster management field and their tendencies.

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This preliminary study could not have been done without active cooperation and thorough inputs from the dedicated professionals in the field. We would like to extend special thanks to Mr Anil Sinha, Mr Amit Verma, Ms Tripti Chakravorty, Ms June Fernandes, Ms Nupur, Mr Prabhakarand, and all the other staff of the Global Forum for Disaster Reduction (GFDR) and New Media Communications in Mumbai, India, and those corporate personnel who volunteered to answer our surveys. This study was enhanced by the video-conference (VC) held with Mumbai, Manila, Tokyo, and Hanoi in December 2005. The financial as well as programmatic support of the VC, which came from the World Bank/Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC), is highly acknowledged. Rajib Shaw acknowledges the CASIFICA Research Grant of JSPS/MEXT, Government of Japan.

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Miyaguchi, T., Shaw, R. Corporate Community Interface in Disaster Management – A Preliminary Study of Mumbai, India. Risk Manag 9, 209–222 (2007).

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