Building business resilience: what has Covid-19 taught us?

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Economies around the world have been shaken by the COVID-19 pandemic and revealed serious vulnerabilities and weaknesses. What can we learn from today’s crisis to build more resilience into our systems?

In this episode, centre researcher Robert Blasiak talks to Lisen Schultz, director of Stockholm Resilience Centre’s Executive Programme for Resilience Thinking, and Sturla Henriksen, Special Advisor to the United Nations Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative.

Together, they reflect on what this pandemic has taught us about the vulnerabilities in our supply chains and economies, and discussing what can be done to build more resilient systems in the future. How much have we learned over past months, and what is yet to come?

Relevant readings

UN Global Compact

Stockholm Resilience Centre’s Executive Programme for Resilience Thinking

Toward Principles for Enhancing the Resilience of Ecosystem Services (Annual Review of Environment and Resources, Vol. 37: 421 -448, 2012)

Transnational Corporations and the Challenge of Biosphere Stewardship. Nature Ecology & Evolution (2019)

Global goals, ocean opportunities (UN Global Compact 2019)

Five tipping points for a healthy and productive ocean by 2030 (UN Global Compact 2019)

Blue bonds (UN Global Compact reference paper 2020)

Ocean stewardship 2030 (UN Global Compact 2020)

About Rethink Talks

Rethink Talks is Stockholm Resilience Centre’s multimedia podcast series on resilience thinking and global change. It spotlights conversations between experts on a range of topics that highlight how resilience thinking and biosphere stewardship add value to current debates on for instance COVID-19.