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CIFAL Newcastle - Disaster Resilience and Business Continuity

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Sydney, Australia
29 Jun 2017
Duration of event:
1 Days
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Decentralize Cooperation Programme
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The United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a call to action for governments, the private sector and civil society to free the human race from the tyranny of poverty and heal and secure our planet in the coming decades. Bold and transformative steps are urgently needed to shift the world onto a sustainable and resilient path and the private sector will need to be part of the journey in this plan of action for people, planet and prosperity. A number of very large Australian companies are already reporting their sustainability in terms of the SDGs which means long-term strategic competitiveness may depend on incorporation of the SDGs into all corporate sustainability reporting and “business as usual”. Indeed, early adoption may offer competitive advantage.

In addition to the SDGs, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction appeals to businesses to integrate disaster risk into their management practices, capital investments, supply chains and operations. It encourages disaster risk-informed public and private investments and indicates that the consideration and management of disaster risk will be decisive factors in achieving the Sendai Framework targets.

Governments alone will be unable to drive the sustainable development agenda, however, the sustained support of business in both local and global contexts will greatly improvement the chances of the agreements being implemented in 2015-2030 timeframe.

This course will expose participants to the key global agreements of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and explore how businesses in Australia can meld the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into their own corporate strategy and also develop a business continuity plan for recovery after a local or international disaster. 

At the completion of this disaster resilience and business continuity course participants will be able to:

  • Dvelop an effective disaster risk reduction plan for your business
  • Integrate sustainable development into business’s value chains and corporate strategy

This disaster resilience and business continuity course will cover the following content:

  • Local implications of global resilience and development initiatives for the private sector
  • Hazards and disasters threatening business continuity
  • Developing a disaster risk reduction / recovery plan
  • Private sector contribution to local disaster response
  • Sustainability reporting: beyond the triple bottom line
  • The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
  • Local and global sustainable development networks
  • Value chains
  • Incorporating the Sustainable Development Goals into business strategy
  • The circular economy

This disaster resilience and business continuity course will be delivered as an interactive workshop consisting of instructor-led lectures complemented by group activities. This training approach allows participants to work through concepts introduced by the instructor.

This course is designed to encourage company management and staff who are involved in strategy development, sustainability reporting, business continuity and procurement.

The course has a fee of AUD$495.

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