Climate adaptation measures and our BCM approach - a user perspective

Business Continuity at Dentons - IntroductionDentons - Global Law firm - creating positive change
Dentons is a global law firm driven to provide clients a competitive edge in an increasingly complex and interconnected world. A top 20 firm on the Acritas 2013 Global Elite Brand Index, Dentons' clients benefit from approximately 2,600 lawyers and professionals in more than 75 locations spanning 50-plus countries across Africa, Asia Pacific, Canada, Central Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Russia and the CIS, the UK and the US.
The Firm serves the local, regional and global needs of a broad spectrum of clients, including private and public corporations; governments and government agencies; small businesses and start-ups; entrepreneurs; and individuals.

The Business Continuity role in adapting to climate change

Environment Agency - Climate Adaptation Last winter heavy rain, storm force winds and large waves combined with high spring tides presented England with unprecedented flooding from the sea, rivers, groundwater and surface water.

Thousands of properties were flooded, infrastructure was damaged and tragically, eight people lost their lives. The full impact of these events has not yet been calculated but we do know that 175,000 businesses in England are at risk of flooding [note1].  

IPCC 2014 stresses importance of Risk Management in meeting Climate challenge

Climate Adaptation and Business Continuity - an essential connection

These videos introduce the 2014 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Report.  The findings of Working Group Two focuses on Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation.
These are central themes of not only the latest thinking on how best to meet the Climate Change Challenge, but go to the heart of the work of Risk and Business Continuity professionals across business around the world.

Video Animation introducing the Smart Guide to Climate Adaptation

Climate Adaptation and Business Continuity - an essential connection

This short video introduces the Smart Guide - Adapting to Climate Change using your Business Continuity Management System.
The guide has been published by BSI in partnership with Climate Ready following our research over the past two years where one of the common requests was for more clarity on how to integrate Climate Adaptation factors into the Business Continuity and Risk Management processes.  

Making your Business Climate Ready - Guide for Business Continuity Professionals

Get Involved - Continuity Forum Climate Adaptation Programme
Business Continuity Management Professionals have a new tool to help understand and manage the challenge of Climate Change. 
“Adapting to Climate Change using your Business Continuity Management System” is a new publication developed by the Environment Agency in partnership with Climate Ready and that has been published by the BSI.

Webcast "Introducing the Climate Adaptation Programme"

Webcast Climate Adaptation and Business Continuity - an essential connection

This webcast introduces the Continuity Forums Climate Adaptation Programme (CAP)
The Climate Adaptation Programme is a core project that focuses on more effectively connecting Risk and Business Continuity Management with Climate Adaptation.
In this Webcast we provide an introduction to the reasons behind the project and share a brief outline of the activities and benefits planned. 

Webinar - Business Continuity, Risk and Climate Adaptation

Business Continuity Forum Webcast Climate Adaptation Programme REPLAY

This Webcast will be the first of an intital series of SIX focusing on the role of Business Continuity and Risk in managing the Adaptation to Climate Risk.
The events will be available through our Fuzebox conferencing system and be available for viewing after the event through the our websites Climate Adaptation Portal.  These webcasts are held in association with the Environment Agency as part of the national Climate Ready Programme.       

Climate Adaptation, Business Continuity & Risk Management Workshops MARCH

Change the Future - Business Continuity Forum Climate adaptation Programme
We have three events in March from our Climate Adaptation Programme running in March in London, Birmingham and Bristol.
These events, being held on 20th, 22nd and 26th respectively, are held in association the Environment Agency as part of the national Climate Ready Programme.       
Environment Agency LogoThe workshops will all look at just how vital it is for Business Continuity and Risk Management Professionals to engage in proactive assessment on how climate change may impact your normal operations and the resilience of your organization.

Webcast "The role of Business Continuity & Risk Professionals in addressing Climate Risk


Climate Adaptation and Business Continuity - an essential connection

This webcast is the second in the the Continuity Forums Climate Adaptation Programme (CAP) webcast series and focuses on the critical role BCM and Risk Professionals have in addressing the threats posed by Climate Change.
In this edition Continuity Forum Programme Director, Sara McKenna, questions Russell Price and Kylie Russell (Business Lead for the Environment Agency Climate Ready programme) on the work underway and how the BCM and Risk professions need to evolve their efforts. 

UK Government Climate Change Risk Assessment

This report outlines the UK Government’s views on the main issues raised in the Climate Change Risk Assessment (CCRA) Evidence Report (an independent analysis funded by UK Government and Devolved Governments), to highlight actions already in place to manage the risks identified in the CCRA, and to outline UK Government plans for the future.
The CCRA Evidence Report sets out the main risks and opportunities for the UK, arising from climate change, over the coming years. It is important to note that the analysis, informed by the UK Climate Projections, provides a baseline of impacts, disregarding current and future planned action in the majority of the analysis. Excluding these factors from the analysis provides a more robust ‘baseline’ against which the effects of different plans and policies can be more easily assessed.
In laying this this report report to Parliament the Minster said "The CCRA Evidence Report is a world-class independent research project that analyses the key risks and opportunities that changes to the climate bring to the UK. It provides a baseline that sets out how climate risks may manifest themselves in the absence of current and planned actions."
Caroline Spelman adds "The baseline of the CCRA Evidence Report allows Government and others to assess the extent to which our actions and plans are climate resilient, and to judge what more needs to be done."

UK Climate Change Risk Assessment: Government Report

Defining resilience - Surviving and Thriving

David Cole, Chief Risk Officer of Swiss Re: speaking at the World Economic Forum Conference on Risk and Resilience, the effects on Global Supply Chains and the planning and adaptation needed around the world.

For more information on the Global Risk Report, Climate Adaptation and Supply Chain issues

What is Climate Change? - Video

There is overwhelming evidence for Climate Change and its causes. This video from the Met Office explains some of the underlying causes and highlights its effects. 


The Met Office has a Climate Change section on their website that provides more detailed information and resources.


What is Climate? - Video

This short video from the Metrological Office provides basic information to provide a starting point on Climate Change and Adaptation.
It explains the difference between Weather and Climate and covers some of the basic terms and principles you may find useful.

Glossary - Definitions for Climate Adaptation Concepts

Definition of terms 

Those working in the field of Climate Change and Adaptation use terms and definitions very similar to those in the Risk and Continuity fields. There can though be differences between terms in application. 


Adaptation means changing our behavior to respond to both the projected and current impacts of climate change. Source: Adapted from Defra External Website

Adjustment in natural or human systems in response to actual or expected climatic stimuli or their effects, which moderates harm or exploits beneficial opportunities.

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