The last thing most companies are thinking about at the moment is a major effort in the area of Business Continuity Management. The recent BS25999 standard for Business Continuity Management has not yet had a major impact on most businesses. However:
- There are parallels with the BS5750 / ISO9000 boom a few years ago. The creation of standards led after a time to an explosion of pressure to adopt formal quality management systems
- It is highly likely that, in the next two years, many businesses will experience demands from stakeholders to adopt a more structured and rigorous approach to planning for business disruption
- A full implementation of good practice can involve considerable effort - not an attractive prospect in the present climate.
Last year, we did some work on how businesses can make useful progress in this area, without necessarily committing to full implementation of BS25999, but with a more manageable level of effort. In many cases it should be possible to satisfy stakeholders that their interests are being protected, while following an incremental approach.
We do not offer a fully comprehensive BCM advice service at this point. However, if you are facing such pressures, it may be worth contacting us.