Senior Advisor, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions Professional Affiliate, Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions, Florida Atlantic University
Trends and Approaches to Managing Climate and Disaster Risk in Corporate Business Continuity Planning
Assessment and pricing of climate and disaster risk by the global financial markets is changing based on increases in global disaster costs and a clearer understanding of the threats and vulnerabilities to physical assets as well as supply and value chains. Business continuity planners are more frequently being called on to demonstrate how companies are effectively planning to reduce and manage these risks as part of overall valuation of company equity and corporate strategy planning. Josh Sawislak, a global expert in climate and disaster resilience and continuity planning, will conduct an interactive discussion of why these issues are becoming more and more salient to BCP professionals as well as company financial and operations executives and boards of directors, including the overlap of climate adaptation and climate mitigation (sustainability) issues. He will cover issues including:
- Financial market and investor interest
- Corporate responsibilities and disclosures
- Tools and resources available to support strategy development and compliance
- Strategies and approaches to drive executive leadership understanding, engagement, and support, and
- The resilience/sustainability nexus.
Session attendees will gain a clearer understanding of why these issues are already salient to their organization and why the importance will likely grow over the next few years. They will also learn about and have the opportunity to discuss tools, resources, and strategies to address these risks, how to talk to management and gain their support, and how to engage other groups within their organization who have overlapping and aligned missions and resources.