Over the past three years, the private sector has shown increasing interest in supporting humanitarian operations worldwide. Given this growing engagement, the World Economic Forum and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) have devised the following set of principles to guide public-private collaboration for humanitarian action.
These principles are meant to serve as a guide to the private sector and the humanitarian community, with an emphasis on communicating key humanitarian principles as well as integrating elements of lessons learnt from previous private sector engagement. These principles are the product of broad consultations with the humanitarian community and the private sector, though they are not meant to supersede or replace agency and sector specific guidelines and standards.
The focus of the document is on the development of partnerships between humanitarian actors and private sector companies emphasising (i) the leveraging of core competencies (ii) standards and codes of conduct (iii) ensuring that collaborative efforts are needs driven (iv) building local capacity (v) reporting, monitoring and evaluation (vi) relationships with government and (vii) the distinction between humanitarian and commercial activities.