Any business can join our working group, which meets virtually every 2-3 weeks. Working in collaboration with the group the CBI will be:
Explore one of the many charity platforms bringing together offers of support with needs that are emerging across society. Here’s some to get you started:
Digital devices have become critical to our ability to maintain social contact and access information. Children away from school depend on the internet to access educational resources, and contact tracing apps are expected to play a big part in how we get out of lockdown.
Lack of digital access therefore presents challenges for the UK’s estimated 1.9 million households that do not have access to the internet. Vulnerable communities face being isolated in their homes with limited means to communicate or access information and services.
By donating tablets, smartphones, laptops, and connectivity solutions like sims and dongles, businesses can help bridge the digital divide and prevent vulnerable people from being cut off from the outside world. Find out how you can help at DevicesDotNow and socialbox.biz
Businesses have been taking steps to support their customers and maintain provision of services for people facing challenges at this time. For instance, broadband firms have been removing caps on data allowances and energy providers have been ensuring that those in financial distress do not lose services.
In the coming weeks, the CBI will be bringing together resources and best practice examples to help businesses identify and find ways to support newly vulnerable customers.
Supporting families in hardship is part of a wider initiative to bring businesses together to address the social and economic challenges presented by coronavirus. You may also like to get involved in our redeploying people challenge - which helps businesses redeploy staff from low to high demand sectors - and our supporting mental health challenge - which helps businesses step up to support employees and their families.