Private Sector

Private Sector

UNISDR's Private sector mission

“To create risk-resilient societies by energising the private sector in collaboration with the public sector and other stakeholders to achieve the outcome and goal of the Sendai Framework in a transparent and inclusive way that delivers local and measurable impact.”

Why the private sector?

The UNISDR 2015 Global Assessment Report (GAR15) estimated that average annual loss in the built environment associated with tropical cyclones, earthquakes, tsunamis and floods is now estimated at US$314 billion. This figure would be higher if the impact of extensive events, such as droughts, temperature variations and other sectors, such as agriculture, were included.

The Sendai Framework highlights a lack of regulation and incentives for private disaster risk reduction investment as an underlying risk driver and calls for business to integrate disaster risk into their management practices. Similarly, it states that addressing underlying disaster risk factors through disaster risk-informed public and private investments is more cost-effective than primary reliance on post-disaster response and recovery, and contributes to sustainable development. Trillions of dollars of new investment is expected in hazard-prone areas by 2030, dramatically increasing the global value of assets at risk. How disaster risk is considered and managed in capital investments, supply chains and operations will be a decisive factor on achieving the Sendai Framework targets.

How we work with the private sector?

UNISDR has worked with the private sector for over five years. In the fall of 2015, after the international community adopted the Sendai Framework, several UNISDR private sector initiatives, namely the Private Sector Advisory Group (PSAG), the Private Sector Partnership (PSP) and the R!SE Initiative, were merged to create the Private Sector Alliance for Disaster Resilient Societies (ARISE).

What is ARISE

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.

With an initial membership of over 140 private sector entities and affiliates, ARISE aims to 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.

Click here to visit the ARISE website

ARISE members agree to advance The Five Commitments in support of the Sendai Framework:

1. Raise awareness with respect to disaster risk and mobilization of the private sector

2. Exercise influence in respective spheres of expertise

3. Share knowledge and bring in expertise of the private sector

4. Be a catalyst to generate innovation and collaboration

5. Implement tangible projects and activities to achieve the targets of the Sendai Framework

Current members of ARISE

How to join ARISE

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

Click here for details on how to sign up

For further information, you can also contact UNISDR's private sector focal point: Kiki Lawal (lawalk(at)

The ARISE Board

The ARISE Board, working together with the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction (SRSG), who is a co-chair, provides governance and oversight in defining and implementing an integrated strategy and work plan for ARISE. Board members are elected for a period of two years, and number up to 12 individuals, including the SRSG and the immediate past chair. The Board elects a private sector co-chair and vice-chair at its first meeting at the commencement of each two-year cycle.

The current Board members are: Robert Glasser, SRSG (co-chair); Oz Ozturk, PwC (co-chair); Carlo Papa, Enel Foundation (vice-chair); Mark Cooper, Walmart; Philippe Derieux, AXA; Eduardo Martinez, UPS Foundation; Graeme Newton, Deloitte; Aris Papadopoulos, STET/ Titan America; Hans Sy, SM Prime; Masato Takamatsu, JTB Tourism Research & Consulting Co.; Peter Williams, IBM; and Sandra Wu, Kokusai Kogyo Co., Ltd.

Click here for further details on the ARISE Board

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.

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