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In collaboration with UNDP Turkey, the Turkish Enterprise and Business Confederation (Türk Girişim ve İş Dünyası Konfederasyonu or TÜRKONFED) launched the Connecting Business initiative Turkey platform on November 17, 2018. Together with the Business for Goals (B4G) platform, CBi Turkey platform aims to strengthen the cooperation and collaboration of the private sector with the civil society, international organizations and public institutions in emergency preparedness, response and recovery.
Immediately after the Elazığ Earthquake on 24 January 2020, B4G conducted a field visit, and post-disaster situation analysis reports were prepared. Furthermore, sets of proposals about workplace enhancements were formed to be evaluated during TÜSIAD and TÜRKONFED’s Executive Board meetings. The network organized various webinars and online sessions to identify and respond to the needs of local businesses that have been affected by COVID-19. B4G also created a list of trusted PPE manufacturers in Turkey to help match them with global buyers. With the support of the Government of Japan and in cooperation with UNDP and the Directorate General of Regional Development Agencies at the Ministry of Industry and Technology, B4G organized capacity-building activities for 3,000 unemployed young people from sectors defined as fragile (e.g., food, tourism, logistics, machinery, textiles, and the automobile industry).
From providing job opportunities to women in male-dominated sectors to supporting their digital inclusion, see how the private sector in Turkey is working for gender equality during the #COVID19 pandemic: https://t.co/GzbF6j95OD #Biz4Good pic.twitter.com/a60EUXzgUF— Connecting Business initiative (@Connecting_biz) August 30, 2021
In 2021, B4G and TÜRKONFED organized business continuity training sessions for small and medium-sized businesses affected by COVID-19 and the Elazig and Izmir earthquakes. Together TÜSIAD and with support from The UPS Foundation, B4G and TÜRKONFED organized a series of earthquake-preparedness workshops in February and March 2021. These were attended by representatives from local governments and 47 busi- nesses who learned how to reduce the possible impacts of a large-scale earthquake scenario affecting Istanbul.
B4G and TÜRKONFED also worked with CBi on a study on the impacts of COVID-19 on women entrepreneurs and co-organized a webinar to share best practices from Turkey on promoting gender inclusive practices in the private sector.
In October 2021, TÜRKONFED and B4G launched their Business Climate Resilience Project which aims to facilitate multi-stakeholder discussions and to develop a working group for knowledge exchange and coordination on business and climate resilience.
Cover photo: UNDP Eurasia/Karen Cirillo