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Natural disasters and business resilience in Indonesia

Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are vulnerable to different kinds of threats, dangers and crises. The recent floods in Jakarta, in early 2013, destroyed the business assets of SMEs and disrupted their business continuity, threatening the loss of businesses and poverty.

The ILO, in collaboration with the Indonesian Employers’ Association (Apindo), PT Nestle Indonesia, and the Centre will introduce “Multi-Hazard Business Continuity Management for SMEs” on 15 April in Jakarta. Business continuity management prepares SMEs to stay in business and protect their assets and workforce at times of major crisis or disaster.

Developed by the ILO and the International Organization of Employers (IOE), business continuity management is a user-friendly model to support SMEs to develop contingency plans to protect their workers and businesses from the consequences of sudden disasters.

Using a participatory, action-oriented approach, the business continuity management model provides step-by-step instructions from preparation and activation through to the steps of the risk cycle, including preparedness, prevention, response and recovery.

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