Join us for a live written discussion with a panel of experts to deepen understanding of the role of business in supporting its NGO partners through the impact of COVID-19
Thursday, 9 April, 9.00 am EDT / 2.00 pm BST [ADD TO CALENDAR]
- Sinead Duffy, Head of NGO Engagement, Bayer
- David Norman, Challenge Director, Business Fights Poverty
- Josh Newton, Corporate Responsibility Advisor, Charities Aid Foundation
- Maya Winkelstein, CEO, Open Road Alliance
- Darian Stibbe, Executive Director, The Partnering Initiative
- Nicole Lindsay, Chief Operating Officer, Sustainability & Center for Inclusive Growth, Mastercard
- Sandrine Chetail, Global Director Agriculture Systems, Mercy Corps
- Lisa Seymour-Doughty, Senior Manager for Corporate, Trusts and Foundation Partnerships, Mercy Corps
- Claudia Codsi, Head of Private Sector Partnerships, Oxfam GB
- Kate Woodhead, Associate Director, Standard Chartered
- Neil Fleming, Director, The Challenges Group
Many NGOs are facing multiple threats from the Covid-19 crisis. They are responding to a complex set of operational and business continuity stresses arising from the pandemic and from the efforts to contain it. Their funding is exposed to stark new risks. The demands on many NGOs are increasing, just as their capacity to respond to those demands is being undermined at every level.
All these factors have consequences for NGO partnerships with companies, in rich countries and in those with lower incomes. In this discussion, we will explore what considerations businesses should be aware of and what actions they can take to support their NGO partners during these challenging times. We will also look ahead to the future beyond the crisis, examining whether actions now can have a beneficial impact for NGO-company partnerships in the longer term.
Our discussion will focus on these three questions:
What are the particular challenges companies and NGOs are facing during the COVID-19 crisis to date - which is testing existing or potential partnerships with one another?
What can companies and NGOs do in order to ensure strong partnerships during this crisis? In particular managing immediate impacts?
What should companies and NGOs do to ensure their partnerships emerge from the crisis even stronger than before?
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