The business community cannot afford to ignore the pressing need for climate action. The Resilience First Race to Resilience campaign will encourage businesses to acknowledge their responsibility to step up, to promote a climate-resilience agenda, and to set an example for the private sector that champions people and planet, alongside profit.

Simon Collins, Chair, Resilience First

Join our Race to Resilience Partner Initiative and help drive a business-led approach to climate resilience across vulnerable communities globally.


Your business can impact vulnerable communities

Communities gain from resilient businesses. A community’s resilience is enhanced when local businesses can keep runningR2R in emergencies, providing continued support, activity and access to critical services, such as utilities, transport, communications, retail and banking, as well as direct employment.  A breakdown in supply could lead to additional devastating and stressful consequences for local communities.

Greater business resilience also often leads to minimised risk and therefore a greater ability to invest in innovation and growth which in turns benefits the local communities.


How your business benefits

Through participation in Resilience First’s Race to Resilience Campaign, your business would benefit from:

  1. PROTECT your business
  2. ENGAGE your stakeholders
  3. LEARN from experts and from collaboration
  4. JOIN the biggest movement to tackle the impacts of climate
  5. BE RECOGNISED as a climate leader


Who can join?

Global businesses across industry sectors, providing critical services at all levels of the value chain. From banks to legal advice, to energy and transport providers, food & drink producers to suppliers and retailers, to architects, housing and the built environment.


Your pledges

Businesses within our network can join the Race to Resilience campaign through committing to pledges ‘1’ and ‘2’ and at least two of the other obligations:

  1. Use a Resilience Self-Assessment Tool to measure their resilience and track resilience improvements.
  2. Appoint a ‘climate advocate’ and/or ‘resilience advocate’ within their organisation who will champion resilience and sustainability standards and initiatives internally and/or demonstrate their commitments to one or more of the UN’s 2030 SDGs as well as share their good work across the network.
  3. Sponsor and support a SME in the same sector who is headquartered in the Global South to join the network. 
  4. Co-create innovative climate resilient solutions (Open to Champions only).
  5. Proactively share resilience best practice within the network through contributions to our Resilience Knowledge Hub (library of resources) and Thought Leadership articles to our network’s monthly newsletter. As well as attend at least three webinars/events annually and speak at our events/webinars when invited.
  6. Commit to the campaign for at least 3 years to enable positive adaptation to happen.

In addition to the pledges, members in the network will be required to undertake and report results of an annual resilience survey, which will include questions around the following key areas relevant to the Race to Resilience:

  • Climate risks to business operations
  • Critical dependencies on supply chains and infrastructure systems
  • Action planning to enhance resilience, including set targets
  • Direct and indirect engagement with SMEs and local communities, particularly in the Global South.


How you can join

Interested in taking part? Complete this pledge form and return it to us at

Please contact Beena Chester, Head of Business Engagement, for more information at, or visit our FAQ section for more information.


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