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Introduction

The members of the Australian Business Roundtable for Disaster Resilience & Safer Communities are the CEOs of:

When the Roundtable was formed in December 2012, the founding CEOs were Robert Tickner, Australian Red Cross; Mike Wilkins, IAG; Scott MacDonald, Investa Property Group; Heinrich Eder, Munich Re; Kevin Russell, Optus and Gail Kelly, Westpac. The Roundtable thanks them for their contribution and dedication.

In August 2015 Robert Tickner was appointed Ambassador for the Australian Business Roundtable in his capacity as Acting Under Secretary for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Federation.

Why we are concerned

As business leaders representing a cross-section of the Australian economy we believe it is of national importance to make communities safer and more resilient to natural disasters.

Each member business of the Roundtable plays a crucial role in community planning or disaster recovery and all have supported customers and communities affected by the devastating effects of floods, storms and bushfires.

It is clear to us that the nation’s investment in recovery following natural disasters far outweighs its investment in building resilience to make our communities safer. 

If our national investment in resilience continues to be well short of what’s required to seriously tackle the issue, we believe the social and economic cost of future disasters will keep escalating.

The Roundtable has been championing this issue since late 2012 and looks forward to continuing to work constructively with governments to improve the nation’s resilience against future natural hazards.

Read our vision and our commitment.

Ralph Ronnenberg

Munich Re

“By sharing our extensive global experience, Munich Re hopes to work with all levels of government, along with like-minded organisations in the commercial sector, to ensure that Australian Communities are better positioned to plan for, and respond to the ever present threat of natural catastrophes.  

“We believe that damage prevention and mitigation are the best and most cost effective means to protect and lift the living standard of the community on a sustainable basis.”

Paul O'Sullivan

Optus

“We are strong believers in offering constructive public policy solutions to government in areas where we think there is both social and commercial benefit.

“Our services are critical in disaster response, and we deliver them across infrastructure that must be highly resilient against the impact of natural disasters.

“This initiative will allow all stakeholders to work better together in both planning for the effects of natural hazards and responding to them.”  

Brian Hartzer

Westpac Group

“Our work to support customers and communities after recent natural disasters has really highlighted to me the economic and social challenges they face, in many cases long after the event itself. I am pleased to be involved in this Roundtable to support action from business, community and government to prevent and reduce the impacts of natural disasters and build safer communities”

Jonathan Callaghan

Investa Office

“Investa joined the Roundtable to support the development of cost-effective solutions to mitigate the adverse consequences of disasters for humans, communities and businesses. We will continue to work with our partners and government to develop more prepared and resilient Australian communities.”

Peter Harmer

IAG

"Recent natural disasters have illustrated our vulnerability to natural hazards. In just the last five years, the damage caused to private property and public infrastructure has reached well into the billions of dollars.

"We firmly believe we, as a nation, can do much more to adapt our communities to better withstand natural hazards – from stronger codes to ensure buildings are better protected, to more appropriate land use reflecting risk, to more hazard mitigation infrastructure."

Judy Slatyer

Australian Red Cross

“Red Cross is well aware of the long term devastation wrought by disasters on individuals, households, businesses and communities, on an all too regular basis.  

“As the world’s leading provider of humanitarian support to individuals and communities impacted by these increasingly frequent events, we strongly support efforts to promote and build more resilient communities. We recognise efforts need to be focused not only on tangibles such as bricks and mortar, but also on supporting people to better prepare, respond and recover through information, advice, education, and engagement.”  

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