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The Economist Intelligence Unit surveyed 225 executives around the world in June 2006 about their attitudes to, and experiences of, building preparations for catastrophe into their risk management processes. The survey was sponsored by ACE, IBM and KPMG. Respondents represent a wide range of industries and regions, with roughly one-third each from Asia and Australasia, North America and Western Europe. Approximately 50% of respondents represent businesses with annual revenue of more than US$500m. All respondents have influence over,or responsibility for, strategic decisions on risk management at their companies. The Economist Intelligence Unit's editorial team conducted the survey and wrote the paper. The findings expressed in this summary do not necessarily reflect the views of the sponsors. Our thanks are due to the survey respondents for their time and insight.