Next week, global leaders representing every sector will congregate at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, to debate the huge economic, social and political challenges facing the global community now and in the future.
As a Deloitte representative, I will be wearing many hats, but a key focus of my attention will be participating in discussions on how the private and humanitarian sectors can and should collaborate. I will be attending a number of events to raise awareness of the challenges posed by the escalating cycle of humanitarian crises, resulting from climate change, natural disasters, conflict, and the expanding gap between rich and poor amongst others.
The increasing frequency and magnitude of these humanitarian crises is inflicting heavy social and financial costs for both local communities and business. Enhancing resilience is clearly vital for all businesses in order to mitigate the potential financial costs of these catastrophic events. And the Deloitte network can offer our clients value through our disaster recovery, business resilience and crisis management capabilities. But how can we add value to the humanitarian sector and play our part in tackling the unmeasurable social costs of these crises?