Humanitarian Operations

Major humanitarian emergencies create enormous logistics challenges. Agility partners with the humanitarian community to donate logistics expertise, assets, and services when they are needed the most.
  • Agility Partners with Qatar Airways Cargo & UNHCR for Medical Donation

    Agility has donated the transportation of nine tons of medical materials from China to Uganda for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, in partnership with Qatar Airways Cargo.
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  • Humanitarian Aid

    In 2017, Agility responded to humanitarian crises around the world, notably in Peru and Yemen where flooding and disease took a cruel toll on property and life.
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  • Logistics Emergency Team Annual Report 2019

    In 2019, the destruction caused by cyclones Idai and Kenneth provided another brutal reminder that sudden-onset, climate-related disasters will continue to necessitate robust, timely and coordinated logistics support for humanitarian operations.
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  • Preparing supply chains for COVID-19 in vulnerable countries

    Frank Clary, VP for Sustainability at Agility, explains what Agility is doing to help prepare humanitarian organizations in vulnerable countries for the COVID-19 pandemic, including import/export constraint mapping, gathering information on capacity, and donating warehouse space.
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Agility has responded to 75+ humanitarian crises since 2006, in Bangladesh, Chile, Ecuador, Ghana, Haiti, Indonesia, Iraq, Japan, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Yemen, the Horn of Africa and more. Agility partners with the UN World Food Programme as part of the Logistics Emergency Teams (LETs), a private-public partnership that mobilizes some of the world’s leading logistics companies to donate services and expertise during major humanitarian crises. Agility also contributes bilaterally via local humanitarian partners in some instances in which the LETs do not deploy.


Our Approach to Disaster Response

Partnership
Agility always works in partnership with humanitarian organizations, and always at their invitation.
Emergency Response
Agility donates both logistics expertise in the form of our logisticians, as well as in-kind support like transport or warehousing services for relief supplies.
Disaster Preparedness
Agility also supports disaster preparedness activities like logistics capacity assessments of major ports, airports, and roads, as well as humanitarian logistics training.

Agility's Humanitarian Operations

Emergency Response
Since 2006, Agility has responded to over 75 humanitarian emergencies around the globe. Agility’s emergency response programs often include the coordination of logistics services in an emergency, and sometimes the donation of logistics equipment, such as refrigerated containers for temperature sensitive medical supplies. Agility may work through the Logistics Emergency Team, or independently.
Preparedness Projects
According to the UNDP, “every dollar spent reducing people’s vulnerability to disaster saves around US$7 in disaster response and reconstruction.” Preparedness activities help create vital linkages between the humanitarian sector, the public and private sectors, and ensure that local actors on the ground have the knowledge and assets to respond when disaster strikes.

Highlighted Humanitarian Projects

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Five Years Supporting UNHCR
With Agility's support over the past five years, UNHCR was able to help people in Malaysia, Jordan, Lebanon and Uganda with basic needs, from livelih...
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Agility Donates to UNHCR in Malaysia and Jordan
Logistics company donations will fund refugee outreach center and job matching KUWAIT – July 7, 2021 – Agility, a leading global logistics p...
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Agility Partners with Qatar Airways Cargo & UNHCR for Medical Donation
Agility, a leading global logistics provider, has donated the transportation of nine tons of medical materials from China to Uganda for UNHCR, the UN...
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Agility's Lebanon Relief Activities
Following the Port of Beirut explosion on August 4, 2020, Agility provided support to a number of humanitarian partners.
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#keepcargomoving: Agility's Donated Logistics Services
When COVID-19 brought the world to a halt, Agility donated services to keep essential cargo moving.
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Agility, UNHCR to Deliver Essential Services to Refugees in Malaysia
Agility and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced a partnership that will strengthen the delivery of essential services...
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NAS Donates 7,000 Rapid Diagnostic Testing Kits to the Ministry of Health in Uganda
National Aviation Services (NAS), a leading global aviation services provider and one of Agility’s subsidiaries, donated 7,000 COVID-19 Rapid Diagn...
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Agility Donated to Support Bahrain’s “Feena Khair” Campaign
Agility Bahrain supported the country’s “Feena Khair” (There is Good in Us) campaign to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The campaign was initi...
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Agility Philippines Supports the Red Cross after Taal Volcano Eruption
Responding to the Taal Volcano eruption in January 2020, Agility worked closely with the Philippines Red Cross to provide relief goods to n...
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Agility Raised Funds to Support Australia’s Bushfire Disaster Relief
From September 2019 until February 2020, Australia battled the biggest bushfire crisis in its history. The bushfires had a devastating effect on Aust...
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Agility Helps Design Food Security Plan, Provides Warehousing
When a GCC country detected its first COVID-19 cases, the government moved quickly to prioritize food security and bolster the supply chain. Agility...
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Donating warehouse space to fight COVID19
Agility provided free warehousing and local transportation services for two months to a GCC nation as part of its COVID-19 response. Over 5,500 ...
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Supporting the Kuwait Red Crescent Society’s initiatives
Agility has worked closely with the Kuwait Red Crescent on humanitarian relief initiatives. Starting mid-March, it moved 32 truckloads of personal be...
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Moving PPE for seven hospitals in Mozambique
Agility moved two truckloads of PPE from Johannesburg, South Africa, to Maputo, Mozambique, for PLeDGE Health, a U.S.-based NGO. PLeDGE is working to...
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Life-saving logistics: Preparing vulnerable countries for the COVID-19 pandemic
Insights from Frank Clary, VP for Sustainability at Agility In only a few months, the COVID-19 virus has been responsible for tens of thousands of de...
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Moving Soaps Across Indonesia
Agility moved 150,000 bars of soap across the country for a global consumer goods company that donated soap to humanitarian organizations in Indonesi...
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Agility Malaysia Supports Families Affected by Floods
In coordination with the Dewan Kampung Maju Jaya, a local non-profit organization in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, Agility employees procured and distribute...
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Disaster preparedness in Bangladesh
Agility Bangladesh volunteers participated in a Customs Workshop organized by the UN Logistics Cluster in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. This training he...
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Training Humanitarians in Beruit
For the second year in a row, Agility provided humanitarian fleet operations training to 25 representatives from 13 different humanitarian partners i...
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Agility Kuwait distributes “machla” to 10,000 people
Agility and its portfolio company, United Projects for Aviation Services Company (UPAC), have teamed up to run a charitable meal program during Ramad...
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Agility Supports UNHCR during a Month-Long Fundraising Campaign
As part of UNHCR’s Ramadan campaign, Agility ran an internal fundraising drive. Employees in six Middle Eastern countries donated to UNHCR, ultimat...
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Container Donation for refugees in Cox’s Bazaar
Agility donated a 20-foot refrigerated shipping container to the UN Global Logistics Cluster to enable humanitarian organizations to store cholera me...
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A lifeboat in the Kerala floods
Following the flood in Kerala, an Agility employee was among these first responders, traveling nearly 35 km to bring his boat and assist local citize...
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Indonesia earthquake and tsunami response
In response to the earthquake and tsunami that struck Indonesia in September, the UN Global Logistics Cluster was activated. The LET were asked to mo...
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Flood Relief in Peru
Following a massive flood, Agility Peru provided transportation support to move more than 400 tons of aid material to support flood victims.
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Container Donation for cholera outbreak
During Yemen’s massive cholera outbreak that affected more than 500,000 people, Agility procured and delivered a 20-foot refrigerated shipping cont...
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Flood Relief in Thailand
Supporting Red Cross missions after flooding, Agility Thailand’s 316 volunteers contributed multiple truck deliveries of flood relief items to 16,3...
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Flood Response in Bangladesh
When Bangladesh suffered a severe flood, Agility Bangladesh procured, delivered and distributed relief supplies to 1,000 families.
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UNHCR Fundraiser
Agility launched a global fundraising campaign to raise funds to support the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The proceeds from...
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Raising funds for Puerto Rico after 2 devastating hurricanes
Following Puerto Rico’s two devastating hurricanes, Irma and Maria, the Agility USA team in Chicago, Illinois, raised money and conducted a food dr...
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Raising funds for victims of Hurricane Harvey
After Hurricane Harvey, Agility USA employees raised more than $52,000 in donations for necessary supplies for Houston-based co-workers who experienc...
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Participation in LET response to Hurricane Matthew in Haiti
As part of the Logistics Emergency Teams (LET), Agility donated 2,000 sqm of warehouse for two months to store emergency food assistance for 750,000 ...
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“More than 75% of the cost for emergency humanitarian assistance comes from supply chain operations. Agility globally supports its humanitarian partners by donating supply chain resources to help humanitarians provide critically needed materials to crisis-affected people in need of assistance. We are proud of our team members who contribute each year to our humanitarian assistance program by deploying to the field or working directly with humanitarian logisticians in active response operations.”
Frank Clary, Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility

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