Paul Polman Calls for Ambitious Collaboration to Tackle COVID-19

"I invite you to join forces" Paul Polman.
Learn how to get involved and access Business and COVID-19 resources.



The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is creating the worst humanitarian and economic crisis in a generation, threatening the lives, livelihoods, and learning of people around the world. 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 includes the urgent need for concerted action to support the most vulnerable people. 

Business and COVID-19 Response

We have launched an urgent process to distill global best practice to guide business and business’ stakeholders immediate decision making and accelerate local action funded with UK aid from the UK government.

Global Learning

We aim to support rapid learning and action, with a focus on how businesses can prevent and mitigate the impacts for the most vulnerable in their value chains and in the communities in which they operate.

We are actively crowdsourcing expert insights, case studies, tools and resources, through an integrated mix of online events and peer group spaces. We are developing a live database of good-practice case studies, as well as an action framework and practical toolkits to guide immediate and longer-term decision making.

Local Action

The work is grounded in local action, and we are connecting into national coalitions. This includes the Kenyan National Business Compact on COVID-19 and the work being spearheaded by Miriam Sidibe on developing a unified communication platform on hand washing and other preventative measures to stop the spread of coronavirus, as well as the creation of a flexi-fund to support government-prioritised community activation. Our aim is to facilitate and learn from local action across multiple countries.

About Business Fights Poverty

Business Fights Poverty is an award-winning, business-led collaboration network focused on social impact. For 15 years, it has 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, it has a global network of more than 25,000 professionals who share their collective insights to move the needle on pressing global challenges. 

Get Involved

Share you knowledge, learn what others are doing and access practical tools and guidance. Connect with like-minded peers and experts, and help mobilise your colleagues. Support on-the-ground action.

Once registered, we will send you resources and keep you up to date on a range of opportunities to connect, share and take action.


To deliver this Business and COVID-19 Response, we are convening a rapid co-creation process with an international coalition of partners, businesses and business networks. This includes the UK Department for International Development, the Harvard Kennedy School Corporate Responsibility Initiative, the UNDP Business Call to Action, UN Office fo Partnerships, and Business Partners for Sustainable Development, an initiative of the US Council for International Business (USCIB) and the USCIB Foundation. We are supported by a core group of companies and are partnering with a wide range of expert organisations and networks. We invite other networks and organisations to join this coalition for sharing practical examples and taking local action.

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