Terrorism Prevention is the Next Risk Minimization Strategy for Corporations
Corporate Roles in Terrorism Prevention and National Security to Be Debated
At International Conference Held in New York Over October 2-4, 2002
NEW YORK, Sept. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- In response to increased public demand for corporate accountability around the anti-terrorism issue, American experts on homeland security, counter-terrorism and corporate strategy will meet at a conference on October 4 in New York to discuss corporate engagement in this contentious issue. The planned panel session on the subject on October 4 will go into detail on how companies can best respond to the threat posed by international and domestic terrorism. Corporate responsibility for homeland security is changing in the wake of 9/11. A wide range of industries are working with government and communicating to consumers about issues of public safety in a manner not seen since World War II. "The US Government cannot deal effectively with the sheer level of planning required to prevent terrorist attacks alone. Corporate America should and must be involved," said Michael W. Doubleday, Vice President for Communications of Business Executives for National Security. Mr. Doubleday also said, "the majority of the working people in America are looking to their companies, as well as their government, for leadership on security issues. This is an issue many companies are not yet up to speed on". Panelists will discuss the advantages that companies can gain by addressing the issues early, thereby re-assuring staff, government and investors that they take security as seriously as financial governance. Speakers for the session include: - Business Executives for National Security - Linda S. Millis, Vice President - Conflict Securities Advisory Group - Roger W. Robinson, Jr., President & CEO - US Treasury Department - Brian Tishuk, Director of the Office of Critical Infrastructure Protection and Compliance Policy - Jewellers of America - Matthew A. Runci, President & CEO "Businesses need to be aware of the risks posed by terrorism not only to their staff, but to their reputation if they are not publicly active on homeland security," said Mr. Doubleday. While American companies have long been pressed by consumer groups to behave in a more socially responsible fashion, anti-terrorism engagement from companies has yet to be really pushed by non-governmental organizations and pressure groups. This, however, may well be set to change "The next significant social responsibility screen may be one that identifies the corporations that aid terrorism" said Jon Entine, Journalist. "Domestic US industries which never thought much about public security find they are now at risk, either as a target or as a vehicle for those who would harm the community," points out Jonathan Berman of Political & Economic Link Consulting (PELC), a firm which works with companies worldwide to prevent and respond to armed conflict that threaten their operations. "The good news is that companies here can adapt lessons gleaned from those operating in Indonesia, Colombia, and other conflict zones. Companies already affected are finding contributions they make to the security of the community around them also have benefits for the company itself." These include increased internal security, crisis readiness, and employee morale that are enhanced by participating in national security. Among other companies participating in the 3-day conference and workshop that includes the session are some of America's largest corporates. Keynote presenters include the world's largest financial services firm, Citigroup, who will discuss the management systems and processes they have developed. Citigroup is looking to succeed in global corporate citizenship initiatives and to tie in effective corporate governance with corporate responsibility policy. Other leading companies set to speak at the conference include DuPont, Toyota, MTV Networks, AES, Microsoft, Intel, and BP / Amoco. "Following the summer financial scandals, US firms are rebuilding the public's trust. Participating in the nation's security represents an opportunity to be seized, as well as a challenge that, absolutely, must be met", said Toby Webb, Editor, Ethical Corporation magazine. To find out more information please visit http://www.ethicalcorp.com/usa2002 . About Ethical Corporation magazine Ethical Corporation is a leading information provider on corporate social and environmental responsibility. Ethical Corporation magazine is a monthly global business publication dedicated to providing companies around the world with practical advice and examples of how to successfully implement and manage responsible corporate practice. Ethicalcorp.com is a leading destination site for those with a professional interest in developing and integrating responsible business practice. Ethical Corporation conferences and workshops, held across the world, bring together key industry players to discuss the latest developments in CSR. By holding a serious of conferences globally throughout the year, Ethical Corporation is able to provide attendees with fresh innovative information that they need to maintain a clear understanding of the latest CSR trends and the necessary tools to best implement them. To subscribe FREE to Ethical Corporation magazine visit http://www.ethicalcorp.com/subscribefree.asp .
SOURCE Ethical Corporation
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