The Humanitarian Leadership Academy and Unilever have been working together to develop a pioneering programme to provide Business Continuity Planning (BCP) training to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the Philippines.
The BCP programme has one clear vision: in countries affected by disasters and crises, business leaders are equipped with knowledge and tools to strategically assess risk and develop contingency plans to continue business operations after an incident. Furthermore, these businesses are able to continue their role in the supply chain, providing much needed goods and services to the communities in which they operate.
The aim was to build the capacity of 1,000 business leaders and to accelerate pre-disaster planning and post-disaster rehabilitation in their communities. The training focused on building resilience of small-scale retailers in local supply chains, getting businesses back up and running as quickly as possible after a disaster, and contributing to enhanced livelihoods in vulnerable communities. The training started as a pilot in the Philippines and has been tailored for the type of disasters they often have to deal with: typhoons, earthquakes, and floods. However, it can be modified for any context and for any type of crisis.