What is Business Continuity Management?

The British Standard on Business Continuity Management (BCM), BS 25999 defines BCM as a: ’holistic management process that identifies potential threats to an organisation and the impacts to business operations that those threats, if realised, might cause, and which provides a framework for building organisational resilience with the capability for an effective response that safeguards the interests of its key stakeholders, reputation, brand and value-creating activities’.

Business Continuity Management (BCM) is the process through which Organisations aim to continue their critical business activities following a disruption and effective recovery afterwards (return to ‘normal’). It is an essential aspect of securing their business.

BCM Lifecycle

What should a BCM system look like?

An effective BCM programme will have the following features:

  • A BCM strategy endorsed and supported by Board level management.
  • A BCM programme appropriate to the size and complexity of the department.
  • Planning to proportionately manage the impact of events and recover from them.
  • BCM arrangements that are exercised, reviewed and renewed as appropriate for the organisation and supported by adequately trained staff.
  • Communications that ensure that all staff are aware of the BCM arrangements and of their responsibilities within them.

What are the outcomes of a BCM programme?

The outcomes of an effective BCM programme are that:

  • Key assets, products and services are identified and protected, ensuring their continuity.
  • An incident management capability is developed to provide an effective response.
  • The organisation’s understanding of itself and its relationships with other departments and
  • organisations to include Local Authorities and the Emergency Services is properly developed, documented and understood.
  • Staff are trained to respond effectively to an incident or disruption.
  • Stakeholder requirements are understood and able to be met.
  • Staff and stakeholders receive adequate support and communications in the event of a disruption.
  • The organisation’s supply chain is secured.
  • The organisation’s reputation is protected.

Strong Business Continuity Management provides leadership to other public and private sector organisations; sending a message of reassurance to citizens and business; and demonstrating to international partners that the United Kingdom is a secure place to trade.

Where can I get advice?

If you have any queries, or as a local Business would like to know more about Business Continuity and how it can help you, please contact Steve de-Bruin AMBCI on 01225 477043.

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