Disaster Resilience and Business Continuity Course (Sydney)

Disaster Resilience and Business Continuity Course

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This disaster resilience and business continuity course will expose participants to the key global agreements 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.

The disaster resilience and business continuity course consists of a blend of presentations, group discussions and group exercises that will allow participants to explore the concepts in relation to their own circumstances.


In the coming decades, the private sector will be instrumental to sustainable development around the globe and disaster risk reduction and recovery wherever companies operate. In 2015, all the member states of the United Nations committed to a number of broad reaching agreements that provide a blueprint for future sustainable development in both developed and developing countries. Although the Paris Climate Agreement received media coverage, the other key agreements were greeted with little fanfare and media attention. 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.

Of the four key agreements, perhaps the most significant is the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) resolution because it provides a suite of goals, targets and indicators that underpin the other agreements for climate change, development funding and disaster risk reduction. The 2030 Agenda and the 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. 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.

The other momentous document of the four is the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. Among other actions, this framework calls for businesses 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. The consideration and management of disaster risk in capital investments, supply chains and operations will be decisive factors in achieving the Sendai Framework targets.

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this disaster resilience and business continuity course you will understand:

  1. How to develop an effective disaster risk reduction plan for your business.
  2. How to include sustainable development into your business’s value chains and corporate strategy.

Course Content

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.

Intended Audience

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

Delivery Style

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 you to work through concepts introduced by the instructor in an application-focused teaching environment. You will challenge your understanding of the concepts and consider their application once back in your individual workplace.

Course Prerequisites

This disaster resilience and business continuity course has no prerequisites and is open to all members of the public.


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