Importance of Business Resilience
“You must stay alive to thrive.”
These are the encouraging words of the Fiji Business Disaster Resilience Council (FBDRC) Vice Chair Fantasha Lockington to the Businesses in Fiji.
She emphasized that the businesses need to focus on how to be more resilient.
“Resilience is your ability to withstand something. To withstanding something you need to understand it and you need to be prepared,” said Ms Lockington.
The Chair for FBDRC Mike Spencer highlighted that the council is representing the whole private sector and that more businesses need to be part of it.
“Businesses that decided to open up during COVID are probably going to survive and a lot of the ones that closed down may never open,” he said.
He stated that the role of the council was to help businesses prepare for disasters through the Business Continuity Plan training and they have also decided to go to the Chamber of Commerce in Ba, Nadi, Rakiraki and Labasa to get a feedback from the business community.
He adds that they want to know from these businesses what they want from FBDRC in terms of assistance.
The mission for FBDRC is to provide a platform for the private sector to both manage impacts to themselves, and support government, civil society and development partners in building climate resilience and preparing for and responding to disasters and emergencies.
FBDRC also assists with the response and recovery work after a natural disaster and they work together with NDMO to provide assistance.
Ms Lockington reiterates the importance of having a business continuity plan for any business in order to thrive.
“Every business needs to have some sort of business continuity plan if they don’t, then they are setting themselves up for impending disasters that could happen.
“It doesn’t have to be a physical disaster or something related to climate based, it can be for any type of disaster,” she said.