BUSINESS & COVID-19

 RESPOND, RECOVER, REBUILD BETTER 
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This Business and COVID-19 Response Centre is designed to accelerate global learning and local action to support the most vulnerable in companies' value chains, communities and beyond. These resources have been developed by Business Fights Poverty in partnership with the Harvard Kennedy School Corporate Responsibility Initiative and other partners, and are funded with UK aid from the UK Government and a core group of supporting companies.

WITH THANKS TO:

The Corporate Responsibility Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School

RESPONSE RESOURCES

Harness your core business, philanthropy and policy engagement to support the lives, livelihoods and learning of the most vulnerable. Find out how, and access 200+ examples.

Use our Response Framework, Rebuild Better Framework,  topic-specific Action Toolkits, and regular peer group and expert events to guide you.


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Access resources to inform immediate and future action.

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REBUILD BETTER
FRAMEWORK
Use this guide to inform business action to support people's longer-term wellbeing and resilience.

Published May 2020

While efforts are rightly focused on the immediate impacts, we need to start thinking about how to recover and rebuild, because action taken now will have long-lasting effects on people's wellbeing and resilience. This Rebuild Better Framework builds on the Response Framework to highlight ways in which business can play a role, individually and in partnership. 

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RESPONSE FRAMEWORK
Use this guide to inform business action in support of the most vulnerable.

Published March 2020

Government leadership is crucial, but companies and civil society organizations also have a vital role in working together to respond to the immediate crisis and develop plans for longer-term recovery and resilience. This Response Framework highlights ways in which business can play a role, individually and in partnership. 

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ACTION MAPPING TOOL
Learn from over 200 examples of business action across sectors and countries.

Businesses are stepping up in a variety of ways to support the most vulnerable in their value chains, communities and beyond. We map these against the Response Framework, to inspire new business action and collaboration. 

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ACTION TOOLKITS

ACCESS TOPIC-SPECIFIC GUIDANCE TO INFORM YOUR DECISION-MAKING.
Gender-Based Violence

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and ‘stay at home’ regulations, domestic violence and online bullying and harassment are expected to rise. What can companies do to support employees internally? What can they do to harness their core business strategies including marketing and innovation as well as philanthropy to respond to the increase in violence?

Vulnerable Workers
COVID-19 has implications for all workers. Two huge groups of vulnerable workers are those whose health is at risk due to exposure to the virus, and those whose livelihood is at risk because they depend on export sectors that have ground to a halt. How can businesses support the most vulnerable workers in their value chains?
Micro and Small Businesses
In countries with seriously constrained national budgets, weaker social protection systems and/or a large informal economy, micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) are particularly vulnerable. Even a temporary disruption to cash flow could prove catastrophic for these businesses. How can businesses support MSMEs in their value chains, communities and beyond?
Handwashing and Other Measures
Until a vaccine is developed and comprehensive testing systems are in place, personal behaviors and hygiene will be essential to stop the spread of the virus. This includes maintaining hand hygiene, social distancing and other measures. How can businesses help raise awareness of these preventative measures?
Rapid Innovation Through Partnerships
The urgency of mitigating the spread and impacts of COVID-19 has driven rapid innovation across many sectors, including health, manufacturing, and technology, among others. In many cases, a key has been partnerships, both internally and  externally between companies and with other stakeholders. What can we learn about how businesses can foster rapid innovation through partnership?
Supporting NGO Partners

Many NGOs are responding to a complex set of operational and business continuity stresses arising from the pandemic and from the efforts to contain it. The demands on many NGOs are increasing, just as their capacity to respond to those demands is being undermined. How can businesses support their NGO partners through the impact of COVID-19?

National Collaboration Platforms
The solutions to the pandemic need an all-of-society approach that mobilises businesses and civil society behind governments' efforts. How can this be done in a focused, effective and rapid way, that brings together the key players and networks in a coordinated effort? What can we learn from efforts already underway in Kenya?
Education and Skills
School closures in most countries have left more than a billion students out of school. Social distancing restrictions have forced conferences and training events to be cancelled, with knock-on effects for professional training. The digital divide limits access for many to online solutions. How can businesses support the continued access of the most vulnerable to learning and skills?

EVENT RESOURCES

DRAW ON INSIGHTS FROM PEERS AND EXPERTS TO SHAPE ACTION.

SUMMARY REPORT:  Rapid Innovation Partnerships

COVID-19 requires rapid action often in the form of partnerships with competitors, other businesses, NGOs and Governments. This online written discussion on 22nd April looks at how these partnerships can be rapidly formed in days and weeks.

VIDEO AND SUMMARY REPORT: Respond and Rebuild Better


On May 7th we hosted a webinar on how we can Respond and Rebuild Better.  Hear directly from Jane Nelson and the Action Toolkit authors.  An online written discussion on May 14th is opening up the conversation to a wider audience. 
SUMMARY REPORT: National Coalitions

This online written discussion on 30th April looked at how we can bring together businesses, networks and civil society behind governments' efforts to curb the pandemic and what can we learn from efforts already under way, such as the National Business Compact on Coronavirus in  Kenya.

SUMMARY REPORT:  Supporting NGO partnerships

On April 9th an online written discussion on how businesses can support their NGO partners also looks ahead to the future beyond the crisis, examining whether actions now can have a beneficial impact for NGO-company partnerships in the longer term.

VIDEO: Webinar on Local Action in Kenya
On 9 April, we hosted a webinar with the Kenyan National Business Compact on Coronavirus, focusing on actions being taken on the ground, and the lessons that can be learned by other countries. Watch the video recording.
SUMMARY REPORT: Forum Discussion on Gender-Based Violence
On 6 April, we hosted an online written discussion on how businesses can respond to an increase in gender-based violence during the COVID-19 outbreak. Read the written summary of the key insights shared by our panel and participants.
VIDEO AND SUMMARY REPORT: UNDP and McKinsey Webinar
On 26 March we hosted a webinar with UNDP, McKinsey, the Connecting Business Initiative and Harvard Kennedy School. Watch the video and read the summary report.
SUMMARY REPORT: Forum Discussion on Business and COVID-19

On 19 March, we hosted an online written discussion looking at the role of business in tackling COVID-19.  Read the written summary of the key insights shared by our panel and participants.

ARTICLES & PODCASTS

HEAR DIRECTLY FROM THOSE TAKING ACTION TO FIGHT COVID-19.
ARTICLE

The Role of Businesses in Preventing Further Spread of COVID-19

Myriam Sidibe, Senior Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School, and Co-Founder of the National Business Compact on Coronavirus in Kenya, shares her top three pieces of advice on how businesses can get involved in solving this crisis responsibly.

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PODCAST: Natalie Deacon, Avon

How does a business like Avon – the multinational ‘more than beauty’ compony, deal with coronavirus? Hear first-hand from Natalie Deacon, Avon’s Executive Director Corporate Affairs and Sustainability and the President Avon Foundation for Women.

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ARTICLE: 

How businesses respond to Coronavirus has massive ramifications – now and for the future economy that emerges

Caroline Ashley, Clare Coffey and Wolfgang Weinmann, from Oxfam GB, argue that in years to come, suppliers and stakeholders will remember which businesses and brands acted responsibly during the crisis, working through problems together.

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PODCAST: Andrew Means, Salesforce.org

Andrew Means is at the leading edge of social impact data. A self-confessed: “cynical optimist. “ This podcast interview with Andrew explores why data is everything - only with good impact measurement can real scalable and lasting social change be made.

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VIDEOS

BE INSPIRED BY ACTIONS OTHER COMPANIES ARE TAKING

RESPONSE VIDEOS

Get inspiration for how your business can take action to support the most vulnerable in your value chains, communities and beyond.

See the examples of AB InBev, CEMEX, GSKMorrisons, Safaricom, Sanofi and Unilever.


 CONNECT & MOBILISE 

Engage with peers and experts to scale impact.

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 FUND & SUPPORT 

Donate your time or money to accelerate local action.

National Business Compact on Coronavirus, Kenya

The Coalition is accelerating a hand-washing campaign and implementing other preventative solutions. Donate to the Flexi-Fund to fight COVID-19 in Kenya and share learnings globally.

Amref

Amref is providing urgent support to health professionals and communities that need it the most. Donate to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Africa.

BRAC

Social distancing, for people who survive on daily wages, means starvation. Millions in Bangladesh have lost their livelihood. BRAC will support 100,000 families, but the need is far greater. Please come forward. 

COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund

The WHO is leading the global effort with partners, to support countries to prevent, detect, and respond to the pandemic. Donate to support this crucial work.

CARE

CARE is already delivering lifesaving aid to places where COVID-19 is quickly spreading. Donate now and your gift will be matched x 2.

OXFAM

OXFAM has substantial expertise from past disease outbreaks. Donate to protect the most vulnerable communities in poorer countries across the world.

 OTHER RECOMMENDED RESOURCES 

Find other valuable tools, insights and resources on these sites.

B Lab

B Lab is providing COVID-19 resources to help businesses build resiliency, navigate federal programs, access sources of capital, and manage cash flow.

Connecting Business Initiative

CBi engages the private sector strategically before, during and after emergencies. Find links to useful resources from UN-OCHA, WHO, CDC and others

GlobalGoals.org

GlobalGoals.org showcase examples of how the Business Avengers and other companies are responding to COVID-19.

McKinsey & Co

McKinsey looks at scenarios for the economic impacts of COVID-19 and calls for business action across 5 stages from the crisis today to the next normal.

National Business Compact on Coronavirus, Kenya

The National Business Compact on Coronavirus, a multistakeholder collaboration in Kenya, is contributing to global best-practice sharing.

Next Billion

NextBillion is providing COVID-19 information and links to other resources to help impact-focused businesses and initiatives weather these challenging times.

OXFAM

OXFAM shares its COVID-19 resources on WASH. These include tools for community engagement and a checklist of actions for those displaced and refugee camps.

The Partnering Initiative

TPI has a free helpdesk to support new COVID-19 partnerships, and existing partnerships affected by COVID-19, and is developing new 'rapid partnering' protocols.

UN Global Compact

The United Nations Global Compact is #UnitingBusiness to respond to COVID-19 and providing guidance and support to companies.

US Council for International Business

USCIB have a dedicated COVID-19 page on business continuity with messages from their CEO, press releases, member-driven initiatives, and more.

World Business Council for Sustainable Development

WBCSD members share examples of how they have put aside business as usual and instead taken steps to address the impact from the coronavirus.

World Economic Forum

The World Economic Forum urges all stakeholders to come together to minimize the impact of COVID-19 to lives and economies around the world.

 THANK YOU TO OUR PARTNERS 

Special thanks goes to the Corporate Responsibility Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School who have provided invaluable input into the content.  We would also like to thank and all our supporters and partners who have stepped forward in the spirit of collaboration at this important time.

If your organisation would like to sponsor an Action Toolkit or other activities, please get in touch.


About Business Fights Poverty

Business Fights Poverty is an award-winning, business-led collaboration network focused on social impact. For 15 years, we have been bringing together organisations and individuals to collaborate on questions that matter to business, people and planet. Along with over 100 international companies, NGOs, universities, and government bodies, we have a global network of more than 25,000 professionals who share their collective insights to move the needle on pressing global challenges.

Business Fights Poverty is proud to be a Founding UK B Corp. To find out more about our work visit businessfightspoverty.org


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