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DRI International Maps Professional Practices to U.N. Disaster Risk Reduction Sendai Framework

August 24, 2017 Leave a comment dridrive

White Paper Provides Roadmap for Organizations to Implement Sendai Framework


New York, NY, August 24 – DRI International, the world’s foremost business continuity certification and education organization, has released its latest white paper – developed as part of its work as the head of the Education and Training Theme for the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) Private Sector Alliance for Disaster Resilience Societies (ARISE) – to build bridges between the disaster risk reduction and business continuity management communities.

“Mapping The Professional Practices for Business Continuity Management from DRI International to The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction,” written by DRI Chief Knowledge Officer and Future Vision Committee Chair Lyndon Bird with DRI Philippines Executive Director Mel Cabodil, is designed as a tool for integrating organizational approaches to business continuity management and disaster risk reduction.

“The DRI standard, The Professional Practices for Business Continuity Management, is used by 93 percent of Fortune 100 companies as well as thousands of private and public organizations globally,” said DRI President Chloe Demrovsky. “By providing them with this mapping document, we are giving these organizations a roadmap for implementing the Sendai Framework into their existing resilience program.”

The Sendai Framework is a 15-year, voluntary, non-binding agreement which recognizes that the State has the primary role to reduce disaster risk but that responsibility should be shared with other stakeholders including local government, the private sector, and other stakeholders. Its four main priorities:

  • Understanding disaster risk
  • Strengthening disaster risk governance to manage disaster risk
  • Investing in disaster risk reduction for resilience, and
  • Enhancing disaster preparedness for effective response and to “Build Back Better” in recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction.

“DRI International believes that adoption of The Professional Practices for Business Continuity Management can make a major contribution to the effective delivery of the Sendai goals,” explains Bird. “DRI Philippines has undertaken a mapping exercise to determine which of the Sendai requirements are covered or enhanced by adoption of the DRI standard. This paper adds value to that analysis by reversing the process, looking at each Professional Practice and identifying which clauses within Sendai are supported by that specific practice.”

The white paper is available as a free download in DRI’s Resource Library, which can be accessed by logging in here:

About DRI International
DRI International is the non-profit that helps organizations prepare for and recover from disasters. Founded in 1988, DRI International has more than 15,000 certified individuals in over 100 countries, and 93 percent of all Fortune 100 companies employ DRI certified professionals. In fact, more individuals are certified by DRI International than by all other organizations in our profession combined. In addition to certifying individuals, DRI assesses organizations to determine resilience and offers organizational accreditation.

As a recognized expert resource, DRI acts in an advisory capacity to organizations and government institutions worldwide, helping to develop professional standards and promote greater resilience. DRI is a member of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction’s (UNISDR) Private Sector Working Group ARISE Initiative and was on the business and industry delegation to the negotiations of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. DRI is also an ANSI-accredited Standards Development Organization, a CQI and IRCA Approved Training Partner, and an International Organization Liaison Observer to ISO/TC 292 for standardization in the field of security to enhance the safety and resilience of society. For more information, visit

About the United Nations Office of Disaster Risk Reduction
UNISDR is the UN’s focal point for the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030. UNISDR brings governments, civil society organizations, universities, institutions, corporations, and individuals together to work on reducing mortality, the numbers of people affected and economic losses resulting from disasters. For more information, visit


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