Businesses have always had a social responsibility to our communities, and after the immediate COVID-19 challenges, they will have their part to play in the recovery process.
There are a number of flow-on effects that will continue to grow and affect individuals and communities. Large scale lay-offs and job losses have led to issues paying for basic human essentials such as food, water, shelter and electricity. Those facing hardships are more vulnerable with the access to resources, funding and volunteers drying up. Isolation has created a stark increase in mental health concerns and domestic violence cases. While remote and regional communities, or indigenous communities are struggling with increased risk and limited access to health resources.
Corporate businesses will need to consider welfare and payment programs to assist those facing hardship and vulnerability access basic human rights, and supporting their workforces to deal with personal challenges.