Ready for Risk: A Business Continuity Management Toolkit for Women SME Entrepreneurs
UN Women with the China Centre for Promotion of SME Development have developed Ready for Risk: A Business Continuity Management Toolkit for Women SME Entrepreneurs.
The toolkit provides a grounding in risk control and business continuity, with particular reference to the COVID-19 pandemic response. With its step-by-step guidance, checklist, and various tools, the toolkit becomes a self-learning tool for SME leaders across the world, so that they can better address risks and build their own gender- responsive business continuity management system.
Based on the International Business Continuity Management Standard ISO 22301, the toolkit has been researched and designed to meet the specific and practical needs of women entrepreneurs. It has also been field tested by women entrepreneurs and adjusted based on the valuable feedback of those who took part in a pilot training on this topic in October 2021, in Wuhan, China.
Originally designed for women SME entrepreneurs in China, it has been developed to be broadly applicable. Hence, we believe the toolkit will be beneficial for SME leaders across the world, and serve as a group training guide for practitioners, SME trainers and business supporting agencies that aim to promote a more resilient, inclusive, and sustainable business environment.