COVID-19: supporting your communities

This Business in the Community (BITC) fact sheet outlines steps to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on communities with a specific focus on those that may be considered vulnerable.

The potential consequences and disruption of COVID-19 on our communities is a growing concern and businesses are acting to mitigate the negative impact. Income to the voluntary sector will be severely challenged by this crisis, caused by postponed events and cancelled meetings with prospective funders alongside disruption to previously planned fundraising activity.

The power of the BITC network

BITC is a member of the Voluntary and Community Sector Emergencies Partnership (VCSEP). It is made up of a range of organisations within the voluntary and community sector with the shared aim of improving coordination at national and local levels before, during and after emergencies. BITC is working to understand and inform Responsible Businesses’ response to the pandemic.

We are:

  • Connecting with the VCSEP and local partners to work out the most effective response to the crisis and how corporate volunteers can have the greatest impact.
  • Supporting the NET fundraising appeal.
  • Reaching out to emergency responders to gather information on how business can best lend support
  • Encouraging members to support SMEs in their networks – our guidance is available here.

If you would like to become involved with the above or signal your interest, please reach out to your Business in the Community relationship manager.