If there is any broad lesson we have learned over the past decade of global developments, it is the extent to which risks are connected and the shocks that can result if we do not acknowledge their linkages. Issues that were previously seen as distinct are now considered in tandem – cyber and geopolitical or environmental and security concerns, for example. This realization is leading major global enterprises to unify their risk functions and encouraging the rest of us to learn from leaders who puncture arbitrary barriers between risk disciplines. Inge Huijbrechts is one such leader. In her role as head of Radisson Hotel Group’s Responsible Business and Safety & Security, she is in the rare position of seeing how disparate risks interact firsthand and what it means to develop holistic risk management and mitigation strategies. In the following interview, she shares her insights:
What are some of the main ways in which responsible business and security concerns are intertwined for today’s global business enterprise?