There are many ways for businesses to help during a humanitarian crisis.
Provide financial support
Giving financial grants are valuable and effective in the early stages of emergencies. To maximize the effectiveness of your grant, the UN suggests supporting organizations that have projects in the Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP). HRPs are based on shared information and an analysis of affected people's needs. This creates a strategic approach to meeting those needs and helping people out of crisis.
A 2017 study by Philanthropy Advisors and Vantage Partners says creating strategic partnerships with businesses can help humanitarian organizations achieve greater impact
Offer commercial services
Engaging in the humanitarian response can create clear business opportunities. Partnerships have been forged around different areas in the UN clusters such as communications technology, logistics, health, education, cash transfers, and more.
We welcome your company's involvement through via commercial services, and refer you to the UN Global Marketplace for more information.
In-Kind Donations and Direct Support (see CBI Matching Platform)
Businesses who wish to contribute to the relief efforts by providing in-kind goods or services can communicate their offers through the CBi matching platform. To facilitate better coordination, please include the time-frame for delivery, if you will cover shipping and any other conditions.
It is recommended that companies with employees, suppliers, customers in the affected areas, or those with existing agreements with responding humanitarian organizations reach out and provide support directly to these groups. If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Support long-term recovery
Support in the form of technical expertise, infrastructure rebuilding and economic investment are pivotal.The UN encourages donors to support ways that will enable the local private sector to resume operations as soon as possible.
Add your voice
Working together to raise general awareness through publicity is crucial to educating and encouraging behavioral change. By engaging in emergencies, businesses associate their brands with strengthening emergency preparedness and response, reinforce their brands and attract more customers.
Critical Reminders for Businesses
The UN Secretary-General encourages companies to coordinate their response efforts with the United Nations and with the Governments of the countries impacted by the crisis in order to ensure coherence with priority needs and to minimize gaps and duplications with the other responders.
All response activities should be guided by the humanitarian principles of humanity, impartiality, neutrality and independence. Stakeholder engagement is key to corporate engagement in humanitarian response. Relief efforts succeed when they collaboratively mobilize civil society.
Business contributions to the UN response efforts must comply with the Guidelines on Cooperation between the UN and the Business Sector www.business.un.org/en/documents/guidelines