European Association for Business and Commerce
Disaster Preparedness Forum organised by CSR Asia and Prudence Foundationat at the Dusit Thani Hotel Bangkok
On 28 April EABC participated in the Disaster Preparedness Forum organised by CSR Asia and Prudence Foundation, the community investment arm of Prudential in Asia, at the Dusit Thani Hotel Bangkok. EABC supported this event and were represented by Executive Director Peter Bjork, Chair of the Infrastructure Rail and Road Working Group Mr. Georg Wolff and EABC staff.
On its fourth year, the Disaster Preparedness Forum  addressed the need for disaster resilient settlements throughout Asia. Forum discussions focused on policy and regulatory frameworks, finance and investment incentives, as well as on building design and construction.

This year’s theme was “Build Better Now” and reflected the significant economic losses and damages in the region due to disasters. Year after year, this region sees casualties and long-term impacts on livelihoods caused by poorly constructed buildings. People are buried in collapsed structures or forced to live in temporary shelters for months or years after a disaster. To combat this, buildings, especially homes, schools and other vital community facilities must be able to withstand typhoons, earthquakes and floods. A paradigm shift is required; one that emphasizes multi-sectoral collaboration and pre-disaster funding to lessen significantly the effects of disaster induced losses – covering physical damages, economic losses and most importantly, lives lost. T he objective of the Forum was to build the case for greater business engagement and cross-sector partnerships in disaster preparedness and resilience.