We know that businesses can make a major contribution to recovery but there is not always a clear understanding of the different roles they can play and how they can best collaborate with other sectors of the community.

In considering collaboration, Resilient New Zealand has looked for ways to improve how businesses can work with all sectors involved in recovery, such as central and local government, NGOs and communities. This included:

  • understanding the type and effectiveness of collaborations that exist;
  • other collaborations/partnerships could have contributed to the recovery; and
  • the factors are key to successful collaboration.

Our report Contributing More makes the following observations about post-disaster collaborations:

  • Disasters require new and different collaborations
  • There is incredible goodwill and desire to collaborate
  • Most collaborations have a natural life expectancy
  • Collaboration is easier within sectors
  • The need to share information is prevalent
  • Unlikely partners can successfully collaborate.

Contributing More recognises the following ways to enable successful collaborations in a recovery:

  • Embrace the experience and expertise of others
  • Develop relationships before disaster strikes
  • Agree a common purpose, built on openness
  • Establish strong governance
  • Consider co-location.

There is an opportunity for businesses to lay the foundations for future collaborations before disaster strikes. These lessons underpin the recommendations in Contributing More that focus on steps businesses and central and local government can take to build networks that will enable greater collaboration in support of business and wider community recovery.

Download the report for more details on this topic and our other findings and recommendations or contact us below to share your thoughts on collaboration.

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