A crisis, it is often said, brings out the best in people. It can also bring out the best in companies, it seems.

Last year BHP gave $50 million to support coronavirus research and treatment, while Telstra gave $44 million towards bushfire relief.

The devastating bushfires of the 2019-20 summer and the outbreak of COVID-19 are two of the biggest disasters to hit Australia in living memory. The fires destroyed 13 million hectares across Australia, killing 33 people, while the COVID-19 pandemic has so far infected nearly 29,000 Australians and killed more than 900.

Read more in the Australian Financial Review.

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