Business in the Community (BITC) is the Prince’s Responsible Business Network, its aim is to create a fairer society and a more sustainable future. The BITC was founded by businesses and remains reliant on the funding and leadership of responsible businesses across the UK working together to tackle a wide range of issues.

For example:

  • 1 in 8 children from low income homes go on to achieve a high income as an adult.
  • 1 in 16 senior management positions are held by ethnic minorities as compared with 1 in 8 of the working age population
  • Between 2007-2012, 70% of people aged 18-59 left poverty after getting a job.
  • 15.2 million days of sickness absence across the UK in 2013 were caused by stress, anxiety or depression, costing on average £1035 per employee.
  • By 2025, 1.8 billion people will be living in countries or regions with absolute water scarcity
  • The hourly pay of women is on average 9.4% less than men

In 2011, following the riots in Tottenham the BITC established The Prince’s Business Emergency Resilience Group (BERG) and this year Eden Kafevend joined BERG with an aim to help small to medium businesses and communities prepare, respond and recover from natural disasters such as flooding and storm devastation and cybercrime, which is becoming more and more prevalent in todays connected business world.

BERG’s aim is to ensure all businesses are resilient. Many communities rely on local businesses for their services and provision of jobs to local residents. Often when a natural disaster hits a community the impact is hard and if a business is not prepared or resilient then it may not recover and become insolvent. This cascades through the community as jobs and local amenities services are lost.

SO HOW IS EDEN KAFEVEND INVOLVED?

As a member of the BERG Communication group and Leadership team we are helping to broadcast the importance and responsibility of all businesses to ensure that they are resilient. Through our customer network our goal is to raise awareness and change the behaviour of small to medium sized businesses and communities to be more resilient, encouraging them to utilise the resilience tools and resources available to them through BERG.

PREPARE

BERG’s goal is for every small to medium sized business and community to have access to a resilience plan and an appropriate level of insurance by 2020. There is an online signposting facility on the BERG website that helps businesses to understand how they can become more resilient to crises.

COMMUNICATE

BERG’s goal is to raise awareness and change the behaviour of small to medium sized businesses and communities to be more resilient. To identify and increase communication channels to encourage the uptake of resilience tools and resources.

The core message is:

A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS SHOULD BE
PREPARED FOR ANYTHING – ARE YOU?

Business Emergency Resilience Group
Download the 10 Minute Plan PDF

www.bitc.org.uk/system/files/interactive_berg_10_minute_plan.pdf

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