The work of the Australian Business Roundtable for Disaster Resilience and Safer Communities has been recognised on a short-list for a prestigious award to be handed out by the UN.
The Business Roundtable brings together six Australian CEOs from IAG
, Munich Re, the Australian Red Cross, Investa Property Group, Optus and Westpac and champions the need for a sustainable and co-ordinated approach to risk mitigation and community resilience.
The Sasakawa Award for Disaster Reduction is awarded to a project which focuses on remarkable or innovative efforts to reduce the impact of natural disasters and will be presented at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction held in Sendai, Japan this week.
Speaking on behalf of the Roundtable, IAG
managing director and CEO Mike Wilkins said those involved are pleased with the recoginition of nomination.
“We are delighted to be selected as a finalist, which is welcome recognition of the steps the Australian Business Roundtable has taken to elevate the issue of natural disaster management in Australia.”
The Sydney-based Roundtable will be given the opportunity to present its work to over 2,000 delegates at the global conference, which takes place once a decade, and will face stiff competition from projects encompassing 44 countries.
“The Sasakawa judging panel have acknowledged the vision and creative dedication of the Roundtable in its efforts to change the way natural disaster impacts are managed nationally,” Wilkins continued.
“We hope the Roundtable’s collaborative approach of business, government and the not for profit sector inspires other nations in their efforts to reduce the significant costs of natural disasters.”