I was in DC last week meeting with two members of the National Security Council and a colleague of mine discussing resilience efforts and measures at the Federal government level.
One of the results of the discussion was the desire, on the part of the Federal Government, to engage Fortune 500 companies in the adoption of adaptation measures for their businesses.
Some of the potential areas that corporations could focus on are: 1) the affect of climate change on their business; 2) how supply chains can be bolstered with back up suppliers (this is called “N+1”); 3) making physical plants and office buildings more sustainable and resilient; and 4) how interactions with people from the local community and the municipality itself can make the corporation more resilient.
This notion of a Corporate Resilience Department (CRD) will complement a company’s CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) and Sustainability Departments.
We are in the process of refining an essay that lays out the evolving Resilience Industry and will make it a blog entry when it is available.
This discussion may prove to be very helpful and important in framing adaptation measures for our communities going forward.
Any other areas in which companies can become more resilient?