Protecting citizens is the core and perhaps most noble mission of government. During this time of national emergency, there are immediate aspects of protection – helping avoid or treat the new coronavirus, considering impacts on food and healthcare supply chains, and more. Governments must also look ahead, consider post-crisis possibilities and plan for recovery. In the current COVID-19 situation, there are a lot of unknowns, making protection and planning more difficult than usual.
Dun & Bradstreet has a long history of helping government agencies accelerate mission outcomes, even during times of significant change and stress. Our trusted data and insights unleash creativity and decisions that help agencies meet mission objectives and forecast potential issues. Data-driven insights are perhaps more important now than ever, and so we have taken several actions to support government agencies as they mobilize to protect citizens.
To aid in planning, the most significant action we have taken is the launch of a complimentary COVID-19 Business Impact Research Platform which offers online macro-level business and industry information to support planning and recovery efforts related to the COVID-19 pandemic. These insights can help government agencies and officials determine the full impact of the coronavirus on their communities, enabling them to:
- Prioritize emergency management and economic support for the industries, businesses, and communities with the most pressing needs
- Determine supply chain risk, and identify alternative suppliers
- Understand and plan for disrupted workforces
- Validate the authenticity, credibility, and health of any business of interest
We recognize that communities are managing through unprecedented circumstances, and so we worked rapidly to make this online platform available to our government clients. Our team of data scientists is lending skills and analytics capabilities to help organizations across public and private sectors as they face the economic downturn resulting from this global pandemic. We consider it our duty as a trusted adviser to find ways to help power business recovery efforts. The platform is available to US federal, state, and local government agencies, and to members of Congress and their staffs. The platform is also expected to be launched in Canada and the UK.
In addition to activating this new information portal, Dun & Bradstreet has taken additional actions to support government agencies. We have:
- Joined forces with several US federal, state, and local agencies, including the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the National Economic Council at the White House, and the US Small Business Administration to provide the essential data and insights needed to inform the development and distribution of CARES Act funding and the process of economic recovery.
- Expanded access to our products and information, including complimentary activation of premium features in D&B Hoovers™ for current customers, to help conduct high-quality business research and develop target business outreach programs.
- Created a complimentary Supply Chain “health scan” which is a powerful tool to evaluate supply chain vendors for areas of potential risk. We share this tool with our commercial customers as we believe it will be valuable when they shift their focus from combating the virus to jump starting the economy.
For small businesses, we have taken additional action, offering complimentary access to resources that can help companies position themselves for CARES Act funding:
- Review and update a company's business information before it applies for funding
- Monitor changes to a company’s scores and ratings
While scientific and healthcare communities work to control the reach of this pandemic, Dun & Bradstreet continues to assist officials at all levels of government to support short-term stability and to promote long-term economic viability. The COVID-19 Business Impact Portal and all solutions mentioned above are built on the Dun & Bradstreet’s Data Cloud, containing comprehensive information, scores and ratings on more than 355 million businesses around the globe.
Dun & Bradstreet has been helping government agencies around the globe meet their missions since 1925, when the US. Marine Corps awarded Dun & Bradstreet its first government contract. Government looked different back then, and the ways we supplied our mission-critical data & insights were certainly different, but over the past 95 years, our partnership has grown to support more and more aspects of local, regional and national government. We are proud to continue in our role as trusted adviser to the government as it works to turn uncertainty of the moment into confidence in the future.
If you work for a government organization, please register for your free account on the COVID-19 Business Impact Research Platform and don’t hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if we can be of any assistance.