Private Sector

Private Sector

Business contributions to DRR

The private sector drives a large percentage of a country's economy and is strategically placed to make communities safer. Five activity-oriented Private Sector Working Groups drive and support private sector engagement in resilience and disaster risk reduction.


Private sector's commitment to DRR

Why the private sector?

A private sector committed to disaster risk reduction can steer public demand towards materials, systems and technological solutions to build and run resilient communities. The private sector can make communities safer and more resilient by setting standards and quality assurance criteria for safer structures in urban areas, investing in programmes or individual country and community risk reduction efforts, providing expertise to help with administration, internal business processes, and external disaster risk assessments, and acting as a wellspring for socially responsible volunteers and funding.

How we work with the private sector?

"The private sector is the perfect advocate for resilient thinking because of its direct relationship with customers, suppliers and everyone in between."
-- Margareta Wahlström, Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Disaster Risk Reduction

We work with members of the private sector who are taking the lead in ensuring the safety of long-term investments and planning ahead to protect industry and society from disasters, economic disruptions while ensuring business continuity.

UNISDR also works with business taking an active interest in investing more in human, technical and financial resources to build the resilience of nations and communities, and using core business arrangements, philanthropy, and corporate social responsibility to support communities, local and national governments as well as international organizations in saving lives and livelihoods.

UNISDR DRR Private Sector Partnership

To increasingly involve the private sector in disaster risk reduction by mobilizing resources through core business arrangements for joint actions, sustainability/corporate social responsibility (CSR), philanthropy and knowledge transfer, UNISDR created a Disaster Risk Reduction Private Sector Partnership (DRR-PSP) Working Group. The DRR-PSP establishes the foundation for building disaster risk reduction through private sector partnerships. Investing in disaster risk reduction offers a triple return by ensuring business continuity, safeguarding long-term investments, and protecting employees, their families, communities and environments.

Our Private Sector Advisory Group (PSAG)

The PSAG is an invitation-only group. A majority of the members are from the private sector with a some members also from foundations and governments. As an advisory group, the PSAG represents the wider private sector and works with UNISDR to address disaster risk reduction in the sector. Current members of the PSAG are shown below.

The first Chair and Vice-Chair of PSAG (2011-2013) was held by Aris Papadopoulos of Titan America and Rowan Douglas of Willis Re.  The current Chair and Vice-Chair is Sandra Wu of Kokusai Kogyo Co. Ltd., and Dale Sands of AECOM.

PSAG members can login to the private workspace on PreventionWeb here.

Private Sector for Resilient Societies: Ingredients for Success - The opening day plenary session of the 2013 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction



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