Celebrating 5 years of the Connecting Business initiative

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Partner's voice
Achim Steiner

In the last five years CBi business networks have helped people in over 100 crisis. We look forward to expanding our work with our business partners in these critical context to leave no one behind and build back better while accelerating progress towards the SDGs.

Achim Steiner
Administrator, United Nations Development Programme
Mark Lowcock

The Connecting Business initiative helps to engage the private sector in the humanitarian response to disasters, and to promote locally0led solutions. 

Mark Lowcock
Under-Secretary-General and Emergency Relief Coordinator, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Managing Director & Senior Partner, Boston Consulting Group

CBi's 5-year journey is a terrific testimony to the power of collective action. Its networks have touched the lives of millions of people and CBi will have even greater impact as it engages more companies in more countries. 

David Young
Managing Director & Senior Partner, Boston Consulting Group
Shaheen Kassim-Lakha

CBi is reimagining how partnerships can work more effectively and ensure local voices and member networks are leading solutions for their own communities. 

Shaheen Kassim-Lakha
Director, Strategic Partnerships, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
Chief of Programmes, United Nations Global Compact

Our work with CBi recognizes the role that the business sector can play in limiting disruption and facilitating recovery. It brings critical expertise and coordination on disaster preparedness and recovery to the UN Global Compact and our local networks. 

Lila Karbassi
Chief of Programmes, United Nations Global Compact
Nikki Clifton

CBi and its networks have made a big difference during the first five years of the initiative. Their expertise has helped us to deliver what matters to communities in need. 

Nikki Clifton
President, Social Impact and The UPS Foundation
Hans-Peter Teufers

CBi has helped us to look at the world differently - especially in humanitarian relief focus areas. at large, this partnership has helped to increase engagement pushing us closer to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals. 

Hans-Peter Teufers
Director, International Programs, The UPS Foundation
What does our network say?
Executive Director, AGERCA (Alliance pour la Gestion des Risques et la Continuité des Activités, Haiti)

CBi has enabled AGERCA to learn from other networks about emergency response initiatives that we can adapt to your reality in Haiti in order to achieve better results. 

Fania C. Joseph
Executive Director, AGERCA (Alliance pour la Gestion des Risques et la Continuité des Activités, Haiti)
President, Private Sector Humanitarian Platform Madagascar

CBi has changed the private sector vision and perception in the humanitarian field. Private sector business activities are often exposed to risks. However, thanks to CBi, Member Networks have know-how and support to use their potential resources to reduce risks related to disasters. 

Isabelle Salabert
President, Private Sector Humanitarian Platform Madagascar
Executive Director, Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF)

Over the last 5 years, our partnership with CBi has been beneficial in pushing forward the agenda of how private sector networks coordinate and collaborate with governments and the UN - ultimately, making a significant difference to people's lives affected by crises. 

Veronica Gabaldon
Executive Director, Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation
Country Director, Asia Pacific Alliance for Disaster Management (A-PAD) Sri Lanka

The CBi platform has enabled us to explore international standards and guidance in achieving resilience along with sustainable development as well as with a value addition of networking with partnering nations in terms of knowledge management and expertise. 

Firzan "Hush" Hashim
Country Director, Asia Pacific Alliance for Disaster Management (A-PAD) Sri Lanka
Chairperson, Vanuatu Business Resilience Council

The knowledge sharing between CBi networks has given the VBRC additional capacity to change lives. Thanks to CBi tools and guidelines, the private sector has a credible voice in disaster response in Vanuatu. 

Glen Craig
Chairperson, Vanuatu Business Resilience Council