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].  

Government sets the bar for Cyber Risk with Cyber Essentials

Cyber essentials scheme Logo Department of Business, Innovation & Skills Minister, Right Hon David Willetts MP, has announced the certification framework for Cyber Essentials, the governments new initiative aimed at creating a minimum expected capability for cyber security.  

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.  

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. 

Managing risk, insurance and terrorism - Counting the Cost Guide

Counting the Cost 

Terrorism and other critical events, whatever their source or form, will always have social and economic consequences. This is why it is important that businesses consider how they can prevent, handle and recover from an attack, which usually arrives swiftly and unannounced.

The plans that you put in place to help you manage the risks involved can be both immediate and longer-term. Managing these risks effectively can help you to keep your business trading.

What is this guide about?

Counting the cost provides guidance and information that will help you, as a business, to protect yourself.

It will enable you to:

  • risk-assess the security and resilience needs of your business;

  • recognise threats and hazards; and

  • understand better the role of insurance.

    This guide also includes clear diagrams, easy-to-follow step-by-step help, links to useful websites and checklists. All of these will aid you in identifying your security and resilience needs. Click the image below to open the PDF file.


Counting the Cost  - NaCTSO Advice on managing risk, insurance and Counter terrorism

More help

Reading this guide in conjunction with its two sister documents – Expecting the unexpected and Secure in the knowledge – will give you the basic knowledge and skills required to protect your business.

You may also wish to read the National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO) security guides. Please check the resource pages or visit NaCTSO here


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.

Key Findings from the UK Climate Change Risk Assessment 2012

The global climate is changing and will continue to change over the coming century.
Most climate scientists agree that much of this is attributable to increased atmospheric concentrations of ‘greenhouse’ gases produced by human activities. Even if we manage to limit future greenhouse gas emissions, current and historical emissions mean that a certain amount of additional warming is inevitable.
This summary presents key findings from the Climate Change Risk Assessment (CCRA), the first-ever comprehensive assessment of potential risks and opportunities for the UK arising from climate change.
The CCRA represents a key part of the Government’s response to the Climate Change Act 2008, which requires a series of assessments of climate risks to the UK, both under current conditions and over the long term.
The CCRA has used currently available evidence to produce an initial snapshot of how a changing climate may affect the UK up to the year 2100. It will be updated every five years, taking account of new climate observations and improved understanding of future climate change and risk.




Climate Ready Adaptation Wizard

Whether you are new to climate change, looking to find out more, or suspect that you will be affected by climate change and are looking for guidance on how to adapt, this Wizard can help you.
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