Supported Event: Dialogue on Connecting Businesses for Resilience

Wednesday, 05 September 2018
8:00am - 4:30pm
Grand Mercure Hotel | Lot A1 Zone of the Villas of Green Island, Da Nang.

On September 05, 2018, in Danang, The Asia Foundation (TAF) in coordination with the Vietnam Disaster Management Agency (VNDMA) and the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Da Nang branch (VCCI Da Nang), with co-financing support from the UPS Foundation, organized a workshop on “Connecting Businesses for Resilience.”

Every business manager needs to pay attention to the risks their businesses face. In addition to financial, market, political, labor, and reputational risks, businesses are also facing increasing risks associated with climate change and natural disasters.  Nonetheless, recent studies have confirmed that most businesses in Vietnam are poorly prepared to respond to and recover from natural disasters and the impacts of climate change.  Many regard natural disasters as an “act of God” that can neither be predicted nor prepared for, while in reality, typhoons strike somewhere in Vietnam every fall, often along the central coast.  While government has improved its monitoring of storms and response to natural disasters, business and government rarely coordinate or cooperate in preparing for, responding to or recovering from natural disasters.  Within businesses themselves, supply chains are easily disrupted by the impacts of a natural disaster, worksites and materials are often damaged and destroyed, and employees, who are forced to respond to their own needs, may not be able to return to work when needed.
Thus, the objective of the workshop is to discuss creation of a for-business and by-business network focused on improving the capacity of businesses to prepare for natural disasters and climate change, coordinate with government in responding to and recovering from natural disasters, promote innovative products and services related to climate change and natural disasters, and to create a “seat at the table” for businesses with government in the development of policies and programs related to climate change and natural disasters. 
The workshop follows and expands a 7-year cooperation between TAF and its partners, including VCCI and its branches, in in disaster risk management capacity building for business managers and owners. During that time, more than 3,000 individuals representing about 2,500 companies participated in our training courses.  It is now time for businesses to join together to promote their common interest in better preparedness and reduced risks. Dr. Michael DiGregorio, Country Representative of The Asia Foundation said: “I think that you will do this because it is the right thing to do, but I also think there are three good reasons for businesses to do this: (1) information that can be helpful to your business planning and preparation for natural disasters; (2) opportunities to market products and services both to other members and to the government, and (3) opportunities to work with local and national agencies, like the Disaster Management Authority, to reduce risks and improve preparedness.”

Mr. Nguyen Truong Son, Deputy General Director of VNDMA said in his opening remarks: “To obtain the objective ‘Building a society thst is resilient to natural disaster,’ the cooperation and participation of the community is very important, particularly the private sector. Alongside the risks of finance, markets, policies, labor resources, etc., climate change and natural disasters are also factors that have considerable impact on the "health" of businesses, especially as they may push them into constant hardship.”
Mr. Hans-Peter Teufers, Director of The UPS Foundation’s International Humanitarian Supply Chain division, emphasized: “Everywhere in the world, natural disasters cause serious damage to communities and businesses. Businesses have taken part in relief efforts through their Corporate Social Responsibity programs. However, networking businesses to improve resilience, with support from both government and business associations, can be a more effective use of business contributions to disaster preparation, response and recovery, and better for businesses themselves”. The workshop also discussed a roadmap for its structure, activities, and leadership once it is established, expected later this September. 

For more information, please contact:
Mr. Le Quang Trung, Program Officer, The Asia Foundation:
- Phone: 090 343 4569 – 024 3943 3263 ext. 113;
- Email:
- Address: 53 Quang Trung, Hai Ba Trung Dist., Hanoi.

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