This report focuses on the private sector, as key stakeholders whose decisions and actions impact levels of resilience to climate-related disasters, and whose dynamism, innovation and positioning contribute to the body of knowledge on risk and resilience, significantly shaping responses. Analysis of the private sector’s involvement in Asia-Pacific disaster risk management is still evolving, and good practices need to be more systematically collated. This report is among the first to document the evolving thoughts and practices of the private sector in disaster risk management. It offers Asia-Pacific perspectives on the respective roles and responsibilities of the private and public sectors in promoting resilience, highlighting good practices, case studies and lessons learned. This report is the culmination of a two-year collaboration between UN ESCAP, ADPC and R3ADY Asia-Pacific in promoting greater involvement of the private sector in disaster risk management.
Besides providing a comprehensive review of many business-related issues in disaster risk management, the primary message of this publication is that businesses make great partners for reducing disaster risk. Other economic sectors in societies –public and non-profit – and civil society institutions like academia can benefit from enhanced collaboration with the private sector.