Connecting Business initiative partners include:
Resource Partners bring to the Connecting Business initiative funding as well as their expertise and their organization's dedication to private sector engagement in disaster risk reduction, emergency preparedness, response and recovery. There are three tiers of Resource Partners: Executive, Platinum and Gold. Executive Resource Partners are the top nine Resource Partners (six financial and three in-kind contributors with contributions exceeding a minimum threshold of USD 300,000 per year. Platinum Resource Partners' contributions exceed USD100,000 per year. Gold Resource Partners' contributions are below USD100,000 per year. Executive Resource Partners are eligible to serve on the Executive Committee and will be involved in the governance and strategic direction of the initiative. Other donors will act in an advisory capacity. The Connecting Business initiative will give due visibility to Resource Partners, including the opportunity to publically announce commitments at high profile events and be recognized on the Global Portal and other documentation. The initiative will report to all Resource Partners annually on outcomes measured against agreed targets. UN auditing principles will be applied. Contributions received will be reflected in the Financial Tracking Service (FTS). Current Executive Resource Partners include:
- Government of Belgium
- Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
- UPS Foundation
- Boston Consulting Group
Programme Partners and Complementary Initiatives:
Program Partners include partners from the private sector,sector,sector government civil society and international community, as well as thematic and industry private sector networks that are connected through the Connecting Business initiative global portal. Program Partners provide technical advice to the initiative and collaborate in the delivery of programs based on CBi work plan. Partnerships with Program Partners may have a global, regional or national focus. Program Partners may, for example, contribute to the strengthening of a specific network, partner to undertake research and develop tools and resources, or mobilize other actors to support the initiative. Program Partners join Member Networks at the Connecting Business Annual event and at regional and national meetings where relevant. The Connecting Business initiative supports Program Partners to connect with Member Networks and explore opportunities for collaboration. The activities of Program Partners may also be profiled and recognized on the Connecting Business initiative global portal.
- International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies One Billion Coalition One Billion Coalition for Resilience (1BC) seeks commitments from individuals, communities, organizations, businesses and governments to mobilize, coordinate, collaborate and share resources to create a world where people are safer, healthier and can thrive, even in the face of adversity. IFRC is a member of the Executive Committee of Connecting Business. The business engagement component of 1BC is the Connecting Business global portal. IFRC and Connecting Business are also partnering on programs in certain locations to increase resilience and support local communities.
- United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) and CBi are working together to ensure that CBi and UNGC’s Business Partnership Hub (business.un.org), Local Networks and Business for Peace initiative are mutually supportive and complementary. The Business Partnership Hub will be integrated with the Connecting Business global portal so that opportunities for partnership are cross-profiled to a broader audience. UNGC is committed to supporting its Local Networks to host and/or become members of the networks supported by the Connecting Business initiative. The Business for Peace initiative is working with Connecting Business to partner on programs in certain locations.
- The Solutions Alliance aims to improve the lives of displaced persons and their host communities through collaborative responses to displacement and effort to support long-term solutions. The Solutions Alliance is Co-Chaired by UNDP, an Executive Committee member of Connecting Business. The Solutions Alliance’s Thematic Group ‘Engaging the Private Sector’ is a network that will be connected to other networks and actors through the Connecting Business global portal. Connecting Business and the Solutions Alliance will also collaborate on programs in areas of mutual relevance.
Disaster Risk Reduction Advisor
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) is playing a role in providing technical advice on disaster risk reduction. UNISDR will work with CBi to support national and local-level implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, as well as ensuring the work of CBi to contribute to the UN Plan of Action on Disaster Risk Reduction for Resilience. UNISDR will also promote synergy between CBi and the UNISDR Private Sector Alliance for Disaster Resilient Societies (ARISE). ARISE is a network of private sector entities, whose members voluntarily commit to align with the Sendai Framework in order to create disaster resilient societies, and which focuses on resilient investment for sustainable development.