Working with humanitarian partners to respond to disaster

This Working with humanitarian partners to respond to disaster factsheet outlines three steps businesses can take to provide disaster resilience and relief.

In November 2019, Business in the Community ( BITC) brought together business leaders to share their approaches to disaster resilience and relief. They discussed the advantages of working with humanitarian partners, which helps make sure contributions are appropriate, reaches the right people, and are coordinated with the wider disaster relief effort.

There are different ways to work with humanitarian partners, but it is important to note that these partnerships take time, effort and investment and should therefore be agreed upon in advance, before disaster strikes.

Securing buy-in from senior leaders can also help to drive engagement, both internally and externally. One way to do this is through the lens of the Global Goals, using BITC’s toolkit, Own the Conversation – Drive the Change, for advice on how to structure some of these conversations.

The guidance in this fact sheet has been adapted from Addressing International Disaster Relief and Resilience: Guidance for Business, BITC, 2016. For more information about any of the topics mentioned, or for support on creating your own disaster management plan or policy, contact

About the Global 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.

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.

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