How ready is your business to respond to disaster?

This How ready is your business to respond to disaster? factsheet outlines steps to help businesses plan for and support the response to disasters.

Disasters can change communities for ever: environmentally, socially and financially. Events can overwhelm local infrastructure leading to long and expensive recovery periods.

The frequency and intensity of disasters, such as COVID-19, is increasing, and business is by no means shielded from the impact or consequences.

How to plan using the Global Goals

A useful starting point is through the lens of the Global Goals, otherwise known as the Sustainable Development Goals. The Global Goals are a comprehensive plan of action to build a global partnership for sustainable development to improve human lives and protect the environment. The Goals universally apply to all, and all countries are mobilising efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change while ensuring that no one is left behind.

Read more about Business in the Community’s (BITC) work on the Global Goals.

BITC’s Own the Conversation, Drive the Change is a helpful toolkit to frame these types of conversation, drawing on the Global Goals.

For more information about Own the Conversation or for support on creating your own disaster management plan or policy, contact

About BITC’s Business Emergency Resilience Group

The Business Emergency Resilience Group (BERG), was created by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales to help businesses and communities across the UK to prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies. BERG is an influential network of UK business leaders and strategic partners that include national charities and UK government departments. The network is convened by Business in the Community.

Read more about BERG.

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