The Extinction Rebellion — What It Is and How It Impacts Industries Far Beyond Energy

Keeping an eye on protest activity is another critical item that has been added to corporate security team’s responsibilities over the last few years. Specifically, activity around climate change has spawned oftentimes aggressive measures to stop traffic in urban locations, add extra protection to executive residences who are involved with energy companies, and monitor activity around large-scale events where sponsors have a presence in a controversial area.

Scott Stewart, Vice President of Intelligence at TorchStone Global, shares his expertise on this topic and how his firm provides advice to corporations on how to best protect themselves and their employees in this environment. While not all activity poses a threat, it’s important for companies to be hyper-aware of activity and the measures activists can take. Before joining TorchStone Global, Stewart led the global analysis of terrorism and security topics at Stratfor and served as a member of Michael Dell’s executive protection team. Stewart also spent ten years as a special agent with the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service (DSS).

Key topics of Stewart’s discussion with host Fred Burton include:

  • How the Extinction Rebellion movement evolved over time and why companies outside of the energy industry should be concerned.
  • Advice for corporations or those managing large-scale events when there is potential for protest activity nearby.
  • The impact of this type of protest on executive security outside of the office (residential security, banks supporting industries in the spotlight, sporting venues, etc.)