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With disasters increasingly impacting the Asia-Pacific region, it is more important than ever to improve resilience and preparedness for disasters. To save lives and livelihoods, capacity needs to be built before a disaster hits. Communities and businesses have a cooperative role to play in building preparedness for effective response.

To support businesses in helping communities prepare for disasters, CSR Asia is hosting the first annual Forum on Disaster Preparedness sponsored by Prudential Corporation Asia's Prudence Foundation. The aim is to bring together key leaders in the business, humanitarian, and government sector to explore and discuss opportunities for cooperation on disaster preparedness.

The inaugural CSR Asia Prudence Foundation Forum on Disaster Preparedness is a one-day event structured to provide delegates with practical tools and expert insights on how to implement responsible partnerships for improving community preparedness. It will examine best practices in partnership development, capacity building, employee volunteering, and innovation for much needed solutions.

At the end of the Forum, delegates will be brought together to discuss practical ways to advance business engagement in community preparedness efforts. The aim is to inspire real commitments for engagement. A White Paper commissioned by the Prudence Foundation on the role that Asian corporations can play in community disaster preparedness will be released at the Forum with valuable insight for businesses. The event also marks the development of a business network for Disaster Preparedness in Asia.

The Forum will provide delegates with:
  • Trends and outlooks: Why should business engage in community preparedness activities and is there the potential to generate shared-value?
  • Case studies: What are the best practices and key lessons learned from successful partnerships between the business and humanitarian or government sector?
  • Tools and mechanisms: What internal procedures do businesses need to put in place to ensure successful engagements?
  • Inspiration: What are the specific community needs your business can help meet and which methods of engagement are best suited to your business?

Keynote speakers
Donald P. Kanak
Chairman, Prudential Corporation Asia

Donald Kanak joined Prudential Corporation Asia in 2008 as non-executive Chairman. In early 2012, he was named concurrently non-executive Chairman of Eastspring Investments. From January 1992 to January 2006, Don served in a number of senior positions at American International Group (AIG), including Chief Executive of AIG Companies-Japan and Korea and Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of AIG.

Richard Welford
Chairman, CSR Asia

Richard is one of the founders and the chairman of CSR Asia. He has over twenty years of experience working in the fields of environmental management and social responsibility. He was one of the early pioneers in developing social audit and reporting methodologies with UK-based organisations such as The Body Shop, IBM and Eastern Electricity in the 1990s. From 2002 to 2010 Richard was also a professor at the University of Hong Kong and headed up the Corporate Environmental Governance Programme. He has worked with some of the leading multinational enterprises and local companies and NGOs in Asia including Disney, CLP, Nike, Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, Swire Pacific, Cathay Pacific, HP, IBM, HSBC, Citigroup, Accor, Credit Suisse, UBS, P&G and Adidas.
Who Should Attend?
VPs, Directors, Managers and Professionals from private companies, NGOs and government organisations who are interested in advancing business engagement in building community preparedness to disasters.

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