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Business in the Community’s Feedback Report for UN OCHA on Business Collaboration for Humanitarian Action, 20th May 2015, London, UK

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As part of the preparations for the UN World Humanitarian Summit, Business in the Community (BITC), in partnership with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA), hosted a business consultation in London on 20th May 2015.
The objective of this business consultation was to identify issues, recommendations and commitments to be presented to the UN World Humanitarian Summit (UN WHS). The UN WHS is intended to reshape the global humanitarian system, to be more representative of the needs and challenges of a rapidly changing world, more inclusive of the full range and diversity of its stakeholders, build a truly global support base across all stakeholder groups, and achieve greater effectiveness, in short, to be fit for the future.

This business consultation focused on ways the private sector can collaborate to enhance the value of business contributions to international disaster preparedness and response. Specific topics included:

 Business to business collaboration,

 Working with humanitarian partners and the UN Cluster System,

 Working with local and national Government,

 Business collaboration on disaster preparedness and resilience

The consultation hosted over 50 people including 36 private sector participants from multiple sectors, including hospitality, pharmaceuticals, construction, legal, professional services, food and beverages, and telecommunications. 10 representatives from non-governmental organisations (NGOs), UN Agencies, The Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement, The Department for International Development (DFID) and humanitarian think tanks also attended, primarily to provide expertise to support the discussions.

BITC organised for the consultation to be kindly hosted by InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), a member of BITC’s International Leadership Team. We are grateful to BUPA, Diageo, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and IHG and the Business in the Community members who acted as facilitators for the roundtable discussions. We also thank the UN OCHA and BITC colleagues who organised and delivered this consultation.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
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