BT Makes Clinton Global Initiative Commitment To Action With Red Cross

    BT Makes Clinton Global Initiative Commitment To Action With Red Cross

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NEW YORK, Sept. 25, 2013

NEW YORK, Sept. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- BT today announced its participation
in the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting for the third
consecutive year and its Commitment to Action, "Prepare, Respond, Recover," in
partnership with the British Red Cross in support of a beneficiary program at
the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

The CGI Annual Meeting, being held this week in New York City, brings together
global leaders to share insights and ideas for creating meaningful and lasting
change in the world. Each member of CGI is asked to make a Commitment to
Action in which the member organization develops an achievable plan to address
a significant global issue.

This year, through its partnership with the Red Cross, BT will fund the
development of three Beneficiary Registration Kits (BRKs), used by the
humanitarian organization's field teams administering aid in disaster struck
areas to give more control to individuals affected by crisis.

Each kit is equipped with 20 mobile devices, 10,000 plastic cards, one barcode
printer, a back-end server and associated supplies.

The Red Cross teams can register people's basic information through mobile
devices with data collection taking place in real-time to a single,
centralized database. The plastic cards issued to beneficiaries include all
the relevant information, such as the support, services and items they are
entitled to.

With a beneficiary card approach, the Red Cross puts more control into the
hands of those affected, which has been shown to improve survival chances. It
is estimated that the BT funded program could benefit up to 150,000 people
next year.

"BT has already helped us improve our telecommunications infrastructure to
support our response following disasters around the world. Now, with this
mobile device-based system of collecting information and allocating relief, we
will be better able to provide effective humanitarian assistance to the most
vulnerable people during times of disaster," said Pete Garrett, Disaster
Response Manager, British Red Cross.

"This global effort is a fantastic expression of this year's CGI's theme -
Mobilizing for Impact," said Bas Burger, President, US and Canada, BT Global
Services. "We're proud to support the Red Cross as they work to assist people
in crisis around the world. Harnessing the potential of technology to deliver
faster relief to those in need is a very true example of our Better Future
program and the power of communication to improve lives."

"Prepare, Respond, Recover" ties into CGI's "Response and Resilience" track
which focuses on bringing companies together to solve global issues. It aims
to highlight positive trends and innovations in an effort to identify how
nongovernmental organizations, governments, corporations and civil society can
effectively prepare for and reduce the impact of conflict and disaster through
increased coordination.

For more information regarding BT's participation, please contact Kris
Kozamchak (Kris.Kozamchak@BT.com).

About the Clinton Global Initiative
Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative
(CGI), an initiative of Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, convenes
global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world's
most pressing challenges. CGI Annual Meetings have brought together more than
150 heads of state, 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs,
heads of foundations and NGOs, major philanthropists, and members of the
media. To date CGI members have made more than 2,300 commitments, which are
already improving the lives of more than 400 million people in over 180
countries. When fully funded and implemented, these commitments will be valued
at $73.5 billion.

CGI also convenes CGI America, a meeting focused on collaborative solutions to
economic recovery in the United States, and CGI University (CGI U), which
brings together undergraduate and graduate students to address pressing
challenges in their community or around the world, and, this year, CGI Latin
America, which will bring together Latin American leaders to identify,
harness, and strengthen ways to improve the livelihoods of people in Latin
America and around the world. For more information, visit
clintonglobalinitiative.org and follow us on Twitter @ClintonGlobal and
Facebook at facebook.com/clintonglobalinitiative.

About the British Red Cross
For more information on the British Red Cross please visit:
http://www.redcross.org.uk or follow us on Twitter:
www.twitter.com/britishredcross
The British Red Cross helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are.
We are part of a global voluntary network, responding to conflicts, natural
disasters and individual emergencies.

We enable vulnerable people in the UK and abroad to prepare for and withstand
emergencies in their own communities. And when the crisis is over, we help
them to recover and move on with their lives.

About BT
BT is one of the world's leading providers of communications services and
solutions, serving customers in more than 170 countries. Its principal
activities include the provision of networked IT services globally; local,
national and international telecommunications services to its customers for
use at home, at work and on the move; broadband and internet products and
services and converged fixed/mobile products and services.BT consists
principally of four lines of business: BT Global Services, BT Retail, BT
Wholesale and Openreach.

For the year ended 31 March 2013, BT Group's reported revenue was £18,103m ^
with reported profit before taxation of £2,315m.

British Telecommunications plc (BT) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BT Group
plc and encompasses virtually all businesses and assets of the BT Group.BT
Group plc is listed on stock exchanges in London and New York.

For more information, visit www.btplc.com

Kris Kozamchak, (972) 830-8135, Kris.Kozamchak@BT.com

SOURCE BT

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