A resilient organisation, business, system, or society is one that is able to resist, absorb, accommodate and recover from the effects of a hazard in a timely and efficient manner, through the preservation and restoration of its essential basic structures and functions. Resilience and risk management relates to being able to identify, assess, plan for and manage the risk and opportunities posed by these abnormal threats and events.
According to the FM Global Natural Disaster Business Risk Study, many businesses still fail to heed the risk of natural disasters and losses from disasters will continue to affect organisations beyond mere property damage and loss. The potential disruption in the normal flow of business has far-reaching consequences, impacting customer relations and global supply chains, trade, consumption and economic growth.
Aurecon’s risk and resilience management service, partners with clients to pursue the substantial reduction of disaster risk and losses in lives, livelihoods and health, as well as in economic, physical, social, cultural and environmental assets. This can apply to persons, businesses, communities, cities and countries, as described under the expected outcomes of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030.
We subscribe to the goal of the Sendai Framework, which is to prevent new and reduce existing disaster risk through the implementation of integrated and inclusive measures that prevent and reduce hazard exposure and vulnerability to disaster, increase preparedness for response and recovery, and therefore strengthen resilience. These measures can be economic, structural, legal, social, health, cultural, educational, environmental, technological, political or institutional.
Aurecon aims to contribute towards the achievement of this goal by supporting our local and international clients with leading and innovative risk and resilience management advisory services that enable no-regret, risk-informed development decisions, resources management and infrastructure investments.
We understand the needs of our clients for future-proofing, continuity, financial saving, optimisation of existing resources and investment that enable resilience to shocks and rapid response to threats, as well as opportunities.
2015 is a defining year for resilience and sustainability professionals. Three significant undertakings that will shape global development objectives are coming into effect this year:
As disaster and climate related risks are becoming increasingly clear to both the public and private sector, we are starting to see governments and organisations taking action. Smart policy choices and proactive decision making is already delivering economic, environmental and social benefits across the globe. Soon all governments, companies, clients and partners will be striving for more resilient and sustainable solutions for achieving everyday objectives. Aurecon is perfectly positioned to add value in this regard, with our practical disaster, risk and emergency management experience being unique in the infrastructure and asset management consulting environment.
Aurecon’s resilience team offers an advisory service that complements the company’s considerable multidisciplinary technical expertise with management science. The role of Aurecon’s resilience and risk team is to increase resilience and sustainability, while reducing the vulnerability and risk exposure of communities, commerce, industry, institutions and government.
We apply risk management methodology and management science to explore challenges and opportunities that our clients face and develop risk management solutions including strategies, plans and procedures that support risk reduction, preparedness, response, relief, adaptation, reconstruction and rehabilitation.
Resilience management can be applied to every stage of a project life cycle, from planning and design through to delivery and the operation of assets and services, either independently or as part of an integrated solution for our clients’ businesses. Aurecon has extensive experience in practical disaster and emergency management in the markets and sectors that it operates in, including transport, sports and recreation, hospitality, environmental management, mining, water and facilities management. This places the company in the ideal position to provide a niche service that caters to managing risks and optimising resilience in these areas.
The Aurecon resilience team’s service offering includes: