With the scale of humanitarian need fast outpacing the ability of traditional actors to respond, it is more important than ever to engage the private sector in disaster risk reduction, emergency preparedness, response and recovery. The potential for the business sector to collaborate with the international community is vast and while businesses are already making significant contributions, there are still many opportunities to expand the impact.
The Connecting Business initiative (CBi) is a multi-stakeholder initiative that provides a mechanism for the private sector to engage with the United Nations system, national governments and civil society in a coordinated manner on crisis risk reduction, emergency preparedness, response and recovery.
The initiative will coordinate and facilitate access to the tools, resources and mechanisms that will enable businesses to undertake effective disaster risk reduction, emergency preparedness, response and recovery through networks that are connected via a global coordination architecture to each other and to other actors.
The Connecting Business initiative is led by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). See a list of all partners here: http://www.connectingbusinessinitiative.org/partners
The Connecting Business initiative will:
assist businesses and business associations to utilize existing networks to create platforms for disaster risk reduction, emergency preparedness, response and recovery;
operate a global coordination architecture and a clear entry point for the private sector that:
connects sub-national, national, regional, thematic and industry business networks;
provide access to resources to mobilize and support business engagement;
collate and disseminates capacity building materials and examples of leading practice; and
connect business networks to each other and to other actors to identify and match needs at local, regional and global levels before, during and after emergencies.