Non-profit organization launches pandemic preparedness system for businesses
Press Conference June 1, 2021, 11:00 a.m. EST; the world needs pandemic preparedness, sustainability, and universal and safe business practices.
– Steve Anderson
TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA, May 31, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ – Over the past year, small businesses have felt helpless, hopeless, helpless and confused. Witnessing the pain and the challenges felt and faced by honest and hardworking people in our communities, it has become very clear that we MUST take action. This triggered the creation of the organization called Social distance management (SDM).
Edward Henry Company (EHCO) made the decision to transfer all license rights and intellectual property to SDM, which includes Remote Social Counseling (SDA), Remote Social Compliance Systems (SDC) and research for Small businesses are essential (SBE).
SDM believes that all businesses need universal compliance measures to operate safely during a pandemic and other unprecedented times. By having access to these practical systems, SBE will have the necessary resources to develop support for all businesses. ALL activities are essential and business continuity is a central concern. All of the opportunities managed from these systems will help all businesses secure and implement adequate measures to stay open, thrive, and have their voices heard.
The distance social management journey
In March 2020, EHCO launched SDM with the mission of supporting businesses. Two months later, on May 11, 2020, with extensive research, collaboration and data collection, they released their first version of the Universal Compliance Standards.
As part of the SDM, sub-resources, including SDA and SDC systems, were created to display universal compliance guidelines and assess threat levels in specific areas to protect the population. The idea to create SDM came from the greatest concern of people and companies, and not from a political approach. Universal health measures and the life of our economy are not two isolated conversations. It’s ONE conversation.
In order to contribute to the information gathered, in July 2020, a research internship was formed to discover and present details about various companies in Canada and the United States. The research results included details that contributed to the SDC, such as further development of safety protocols, operational requirements, compliance measures, capacity limits, and PPE requirements. SDM used the data collection to create additional tools, such as self-assessment audits that provide a checklist of what businesses need to stay compliant and operate safely.
Drawing inspiration from other systems such as ISO, Homeland Security, the World Health Organization and research from Johns Hopkins University, SDM has developed its advisory system. This system was developed to help businesses and communities prepare for crises and ease restrictions. “We need to be accountable for the decisions that are made that affect our small businesses,” said EHCO President Edward Henry.
The advisory system focuses on the pandemic phases of the WHO and the internal security system and uses five levels of risk and threat: low, moderate, substantial, severe and critical. Associated colors include green, blue, yellow, orange, and red. Each phase clearly defines the business practices, products and services considered essential and non-essential and the types of businesses allowed to open during each phase. The advisory system is currently in the process of implementing data from Johns Hopkins University, as well as data collected by other well-known models.
Despite the aforementioned systems, resources, and extensive research to support our conclusions, ambiguous guidelines remain. As a result, businesses don’t have a real reason why they can’t reopen and recover safely.
A multifaceted problem requires innovative solutions
Support small businesses and our communities
Small businesses are essential
After spending some time in the development phase, SDM ventured out and sought support from government officials and local politicians. After countless meetings and constantly redirected elsewhere, it was time to take some drastic action. Edward Henry says, “Limited power is no excuse for not doing the right thing.” This year has been marked by a lot of bad things, and at first, SDM was seen as an opportunity to profit and take advantage of a terrible situation. The lack of change cannot continue. Coming together as a collective unit is essential.
For lasting change to occur, SDM’s resources must be placed in good hands. They need to be placed in an organization that is not narrow-minded, but has bilateral thinking so that sectors such as health and business can come together. SBE is a non-profit association that operates on the basis of three fundamental pillars: pandemic preparedness, sustainability and safe business practices. SBE aims to collectively equip small businesses with the support, protection and resources to operate safely while envisioning economic recovery and stability through business unity.
This pandemic is not just a problem for small businesses; it is a global problem. The government’s attempt to separate businesses into non-essential and essential classifications has created ambiguity. This ambiguity has sparked the idea that not some, but ALL businesses are essential. As EHCO releases all of its SDM systems, traffic, assessment and audit models to SBE, a new leadership position begins. SBE’s goals encompass the seriousness of the problem, which is why there is no better person for the job than Steve Anderson. As a social entrepreneur, Olympic gold medal coach and community champion, Anderson takes over as president of the nonprofit SBE. Edward Henry says: “I chose to recruit Steve Anderson because of his character, his coaching experience, his competitive nature to overcome challenges and his experience with a range of multi-faceted individuals.” Speaking to Anderson’s character, he finds no excuses. Steve is a good man and SBE needs his character to bring everyone together.
With Anderson’s motivational character, he is the first African American to coach an Olympic indoor or beach volleyball team and the first to win an Olympic gold medal in either practice. Anderson is strongly committed to being the driving force behind SBE in supporting ALL businesses. With the efforts of SBE, it will pave the way for better normalcy.
Our current actions reflect our future results. If we don’t continue to put in the effort and show that we care about our businesses, we will continue to lose pieces of our community and, as a result, our economy. Small businesses have been subjected to unfair measures and restrictions, putting them at risk of permanent closure. Continuous lockouts are not a solution. “This current pandemic has cost over $ 20 trillion because we weren’t prepared,” said Edward Henry. The definition of insanity is to perform the same actions and expect different results. “We will do it again if we don’t start to change the way we do things,” he added. Emphasis should be placed on social distancing compliance and universal protocols to preserve business continuity. If we want an improved standard, we need to support SMALL businesses and our communities. There’s no better time than now to help businesses break out of longer-than-expected lockdowns and restrictions.
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