Next week, the Task Force will publish a package of recommended measures, and national associations will be invited to plug in and help devise strategies.
Also, an inventory will be set up to ensure members are informed and to promote best practices during these uncertain times. The new support network will monitor action taken at the highest levels and within the industry, and update its members.
“We fully support the public health measures that are being put in place,” comments Helen Smith, Executive Chair of IMPALA. “Governments are, however, reacting at different speeds and some are leaving too many decisions to businesses. This is causing unnecessary confusion and hardship.”
Francesca Trainini, Chair of IMPALA, Vice-President of Italian association PMI, and Chair of IMPALA’s Covid-19 Task Force, adds: “In times of crisis, smaller actors are the most exposed. Italy has been the first European country affected, but it’s across the continent now. The IMPALA Task Force is working on a call to action on all key levels."
Launched in 2000, IMPALA boasts almost 5,000 members including top independents and national associations of independent companies across Europe.