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Loss of reputation is one of the greatest opera-
tional risks perceived by school administrators,
according to an Australia-wide survey of pri-
vate schools conducted by insurance broker and
risk manager, Aon.
However, while insurance is readily available for
physical damage and injuries, there is no cover
for reputation damage.
‘This is clearly an exposure for schools as, when
faced with a crisis such as a serious student in-
jury or a sexual molestation allegation, schools
come under immediate pressure to manage the
situation, as well as field an onslaught of media
queries,’ said Rick Edwards, Aon’s Education
National Practice Group Manager.
‘Even if the school has some experience in dea-
ling with the media on an everyday basis, crisis
communication is a whole different ball game,’
said Mr Edwards.
Challenges schools face include deciding whe-
ther to speak to the media, what to say, which
media to address and how to gauge the impact
of the media coverage.
‘Under such circumstances, it is easy to make
an error in judgement,’ said Mr Edwards. ‘Yet
our experience shows that a school’s response
immediately following a crisis largely determines
the impact on its reputation for years to come.
‘The school could seek professional advice from
a public relations agency, but at what cost and
how can their suitability for the job be deter-
mined at such short notice?’
Recognising this growing need Aon now offers
insurance to cover schools for specialist profes-
sional crisis management fees (up to a specified
amount). This cover enables schools to manage
a crisis related to an incident covered by a gen-
eral liability policy which captures most repu-
tation damage potential.
For more information please contact Rick
Edwards on 07 3223 7501 or rick.edwards@
Schools across Australia have embraced online
technology with many ordering their art and
craft supplies and educational resources online
using Corporate Express’ NetXpress site.
Corporate Express’ national education range
was introduced in July 2006 and was compiled
with input from the education sector.
Corporate Express is a government-approved
supplier in NSW and WA and partners with
public and private schools across the country
to provide products that fit their needs.
Aristo Ioannidis, Corporate Express’ Head of
New Business Development in NSW, said the
extent of the education range as well as internet
ordering is providing schools with an easy to
access one-stop shop for all their school supplies.
‘Our education range includes art and craft sup-
plies, educational resources as well as state-
specific ruled exercise books,’ Aristo said.
‘In some states, and Western Australia is a good
example, we have also worked with education
departments to develop exclusive products like
the oversized exercise books that are slightly
larger than A4 so that A4-sized handouts can
be pasted into them without overlap.
‘About 90 per cent of private schools in NSW
order our products online via NetXpress. It has
helped them save time, eliminate redundancy as
well as ensure compliance and better manage-
ment of costs. Our online ordering system is com-
plemented by printed catalogues that are used
by teachers to identify their requirements. Orders
are then placed by their schools,’ he added.
Corporate Express recently acquired Raeco, a
library supplies business with $16 million an-
nual revenue operating across Australia and
New Zealand. The acquisition complements the
company’s entry into the growing education sec-
tor and helps provide schools with all their re-
quirements using a single supply channel.
Schools also have access to Corporate Express’
extensive selection of office, IT, janitorial, furni-
ture, catering and kitchen supplies through Net-
Corporate Express is a leading supplier of office
products and business supplies and now has 50
branches around Australia and New Zealand.
For more information about Corporate Express
please call 13 26 44 or visit the website at
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