Private Sector

Private Sector

Business contributions to DRR

Seven work-streams allow the private sector to implement tangible projects and initiatives that deliver results critical to the achievement of a substantial reduction in disaster losses as per the sought outcome of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 which takes special account of the role of the private sector in achieving this.

Why the private sector?

Trillions of dollars of new private investment across all sectors are expected to pour into hazard prone areas by 2030 dramatically increasing the global value of assets at risk. How disaster risk is factored into, and managed in, capital investments, supply chains and operations in general will therefore have a decisive influence on whether risk levels can be reduced and the targets of the Sendai Framework can be achieved. The private sector will play a key role in ensuring that disaster risk is correctly factored into the value chain of business, providing business intelligence, regulators, insurers, educators and others.

On economic growth and the private sector, UNISDR works with a range of business entities to make their business practices more resilient. For example, under its UNISDR Private Sector Alliance for Disaster Resilient Societies (ARISE), which is a partnership of businesses working on DRR, UNISDR promotes the adoption of business continuity plans among small and medium sized enterprises in hazard-prone parts of the world. Together with the Pacific Asia Tourism Association (PATA) UNISDR works with hotels on the promotion of a disaster resilience certification programme for small- and medium-sized hotels. UNISDR research for the biennial Global Assessment Report (GAR) has developed evidence to support investing in both structural and non-structural measures to build resilience in the tourism industry, especially in SIDS in the Pacific and Caribbean countries. Up to 40% of the economies in most SIDS are dependent on tourism, employing a large number of people. UNISDR’s work in promoting resilience in this industry ensures sustainable growth and secures livelihoods.

How we work with the private sector?

Currently a voluntary group of more than 100 large companies and SMEs from 40 countries work with UNISDR towards making both short- and long-term investments across all industry sectors more risk-sensitive and resilient.

Members of the ARISE: See who's on the membership list

What is ARISE

The UNISDR Private Sector Alliance for Disaster Resilient Societies (ARISE) builds on and integrates the work of the UNISDR Private Sector Partnership (PSP) and the R!SE Initiative to support the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030.

The overall goal of ARISE is to create risk-resilient societies by energising the private sector in collaboration with the public sector and other stakeholders to deliver on the targets of the Sendai Framework.

ARISE will expand the number of private sector organizations and others involved in supporting the implementation of the Sendai Framework and allow the private sector to implement tangible projects and initiatives that deliver results critical to the achievement of the outcome and goal of the Sendai Framework.

ARISE facilitates exchange of experience and knowledge on how to implement tangible disaster risk reduction projects through seven work-streams: Disaster Risk Management strategies, investment metrics, benchmarking and standards, education and training, legal and regulatory, urban risk reduction & resilience, and insurance.

Get involved in the Seven Work-Streams

Each work-stream has been developed to welcome contributors interested in bringing expertise, knowledge, experience as well as financial resources to further implementation.

For further information, please contact UNISDR's private sector focal point: Kiki Lawal (lawalk(at)un.org)

TV Debate: Disaster Risk Reduction and the Private Sector

The well-known BBC World presenter, Mr David Eades, hosted a special televised panel discussion at the Third United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan. In this special event, a high-powered panel of key business and government leaders discussed whether the global building industry needs to make urgent and radical changes in order to protect communities from the impacts of disasters given that the private sector is responsible for up to 80% of investment in all urban infrastructure.

Our Interim Board

The Interim Board is an invitation-only group. The current Interim Board members are from the private sector. Current Interim Board members of ARISE are shown below.

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