Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Pandemic prompts Korean business resilience guide

Auckland Emergency Management (AEM) is launching the country’s first business emergency preparedness resource developed specifically to build the resilience of the local Korean business community.

AEM General Manager, Paul Amaral said the resource will ensure Korean business owners, especially those with 20 staff or less, are better equipped to deal with business disruption such as COVID-19.

“The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has underlined the importance of having the right emergency and business continuity plans in place,” Mr Amaral said.

He said AEM had been working closely with the Korean Construction Association of New Zealand and the Korean Society to develop the resource which will be available online and in print.

“Up until now, few resources have existed to support the region’s Korean business owners, especially those managing small businesses.”

“Language can be a barrier when it comes to communication, so the online and business emergency preparedness resources have been translated into Korean.”

He said all translations had been checked for accuracy and cultural relevance by Paul Kang, Vice President of the Korean Society and President of Korean Construction Association of New Zealand.

“These new business resources from AEM will help our business owners understand how best to prepare for emergency events that could happen in New Zealand,” Mr Kang said.

AEM is urging Korean business owners and managers to make the necessary plans to prepare their businesses for emergency events. This includes:

  • understanding the impacts an emergency event can have on their business;
  • completing the Emergency Response Plan Template;
  • developing a business continuity plan for their business;
  • building relationships with their business neighbours and networks.

More than 35,000 people living in New Zealand identify as Korean with just over 70% living in Auckland. 

The new online and hard copy resources include easy-to-use advice, templates and a business continuity guide.

For more details: https://www.aucklandemergencymanagement.org.nz/ko/work-ready

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