Welcome to the third edition of NEXT from KWM – a publication to help you see business issues in context. 

We want to help you see what is next – believing that by seeing the bigger picture, you’re best enabled to successfully navigate it.

In this edition, readers will gain a deeper perspective on emerging digitisation considerations around privacy, and cyber risk and its litigation potential.  We look at the climate challenge from both business and political perspectives, and take a different approach to exploring the communication challenge for any business facing a crisis. 

In this issue

  • Kirsten Bowe and Rebecca Slater look abroad to analyse the prospect that cyber incidents become cyber class actions. Peter Yeldham examines the insurability of those risks for organisations weighing them up.
  • Continuing the digital theme, Michael Swinson explains the implications for digital businesses (and consumers) from the Australian Information Commissioner’s landmark privacy decision against ride-hailing and delivery provider Uber – a decision that provides insight into the interesting question of what it means to achieve global scale in a time of increasing data sensitivity.
  • Looking up from the screen, Emma Newnham and Meredith Paynter provide a deeper understanding of how Australia’s biggest companies are facing into the climate challenge and how this is (literally!) redefining the notion of corporate social responsibility.  Our research and explanation of the ASX50’s approach to ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) risks is a ready reckoner on the architecture and program building underway to address the climate imperative.
  • Mark Beaufoy explains the concept of the ‘Green New Deal’ and how climate and sustainability are already influencing the direction of economic recovery from COVID’s ravages.

Finally, Andy Gray welcomes crisis communications expert Gabriel McDowell for a fascinating conversation on communicating in a crisis – the hypothetical scenario is both frightening and strikingly real. You can listen to this via podcast too.

It’s an exciting mix and we hope you both enjoy, and find it insightful reading.


Download NEXT, Ed 3: Business, Risk and the Environment today

In this publication, our experts put the risks and hazards associated with operating in today’s world, into a legal and commercial context.

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Featured in NEXT

In the third edition of NEXT, we look at the climate challenge from both business and political perspectives, and take a different approach to exploring the communication challenge for any business facing a crisis.

Key takeaways from our climate change risk disclosures and governance analysis of the ASX50

While many things slowed down due to the pandemic in 2020, focus on climate change and climate change risk disclosures and governance definitely heated up.

Cybersecurity Class Actions

In recent years we have seen a sharp increase in the prevalence and impact of cybersecurity incidents. In our recent Directions survey, managing IT and cyber risk was the leading issue of material concern for respondents.

Green New Deals – What does a sustainable recovery look like?

Aligning economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic with sustainability goals has been a focus in recent ‘Green New Deals’ developed in Europe and the US.

Communicating in a Crisis

KWM Partner Andrew Gray and ResPublica PR's Gabriel McDowall navigate a hypothetical scenario to explain a few of the key principles to communicating in a crisis.


The expanding reach of Australian privacy laws

Dealing with an overlapping patchwork of disparate and sometimes contradictory privacy laws is a challenge for any multinational business.


Download past editions of NEXT

In this publication, our experts put the risks and hazards associated with operating in today’s world, into a legal and commercial context.

NEXT: Edition 1

Published June 2020

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NEXT: Edition 2

Published December 2020

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