Business and the Commonwealth seminar series: ‘Risk and Resilience in the Commonwealth: a joined-up approach?’

Business and the Commonwealth seminar series: ‘Risk and Resilience in the Commonwealth: a joined-up approach?’
19 April 2021, 4.00pm - 6.00pm

The third event in the series on International Business in the Commonwealth looks at Risk and Resilience. 

Months before COVID-19 forced a reappraisal of the interconnections that can augment, accentuate and amplify risk, the UN Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction (GAR) cautioned that ‘risk is complex and non-linear’ and an ‘awareness and understanding of imminent, interconnected, and rapidly shifting risks is insufficient across the board.’  

At a Commonwealth level, this discussion had already started. In 2016, a roundtable meeting involving governments, the private sector and the academic community at the Commonwealth HQ at Marlborough House coinciding with the publication of the Risk Management Handbook brought together leading voices from the major risk management application areas from Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) to supply chain risk, operational risk to cyber risk with an exploration of emerging issues and techniques from risk-based thinking to communicating uncertainty. That led to the establishment of the Commonwealth Risk and Resilience initiative which has brought several Commonwealth stakeholders together who in recent months have considered more earnestly the scope and opportunity for greater dialogue and collaboration in the Commonwealth across Corporate Risk Management, Risk Governance and Disaster Risk Reduction.  

With the new Commonwealth Strategic Plan having a strong focus on ‘dynamic risk management’ which emerged from extensive stakeholder consultation, the discussion will consider the value of a risk mindset in a Commonwealth context and then Corporate Risk Management, Risk Governance and Disaster Risk Reduction. It will then discuss enabling mechanisms for taking a joined-up across these areas including the June Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), the Commonwealth intergovernmental, civil, cultural and professional organisations and the Commonwealth Standards Network launched by the UK PM at the 2018 London CHOGM which has since grown to include all 54 Commonwealth countries (a collaborative network that supports trade, economic growth and prosperity throughout the Commonwealth by promoting increased awareness, development and use of international standards). Finally work streams and value and activities for a Commonwealth Risk and Resilience Centre will be considered. 

  • Dr. David Hillson, CEO, Risk Doctor Partnership and author  
  • Nousheen Hassan, CEO and Director, Innovative Risk & Audit Solutions 
  • Robbie Lyle, Commonwealth Disaster Management Agency 
  • Rowan Douglas, Chair of the Insurance Development Forum Operating Committee (tbc) 


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