Business Continuity and Pandemic Resilience (BCPR)

Ireland continues to try control the outbreak of Covid-19 coronavirus. The virus has the potential to impact on demand for goods and services and the delivery of these goods and services. This can manifest itself through staff being unavailable, supply chains breaking down, customers cancelling or postponing orders and consequently impacts on cash flow and funding.

Importance of Business Continuity and Pandemic Resilience

To reduce the impact of a pandemic on your business operations, employees, customers and the general public, it is important for all businesses and organisations to begin continuity planning for a pandemic now. Lack of continuity planning can result in a cascade of failures as employers attempt to address challenges of a pandemic with insufficient resources and employees who might not be adequately trained in the jobs they will be asked to perform. Proper planning will allow employers to better protect their employees and prepare for changing patterns of commerce and potential disruptions in supplies or services.

As an employer, you have an important role in protecting the health and safety of your employees and limiting the impact of a potential crisis. As we continue to adjust to the coronavirus pandemic it is important to continue the business operations through a robust Business Continuity and Pandemic Resilience Programme.

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How Mazars can help you build the Business Continuity Pandemic Resilience Program?

Mazars has a team of Business Continuity and Resilience Professionals who can help you with an accelerated approach to assess your existing business continuity and resilience strategies. Our team of experts help your organisation establish a robust Business Continuity and Pandemic Resilience Programme. Our methodology is based on the BCI Guidelines and our experience.

Our BCPR programme is focussed on

  1. Ensuring management is aware of business-critical process, people, skills and minimum staffing arrangement through organisational Business Impact Assessment;
  2. Establishing an emergency preparedness planning and communication strategy;
  3. Preparing for employee absences through Business Continuity Planning;
  4. Amending existing policies to reflect greater flexibility to normal working arrangements, such as:
    • remote working;  
    • telephone or video conferences; 
    • reducing the number of people in the workplace at any one time;  
    • provisions for employees with children or unwell adults at home; and
    • reducing activities involving large groups of people.
  5. Reinforcing internal peer support or counselling to assist employees with health concerns;  
  6. Ensuring workplace has adequate supplies of cleaning and hygiene products in accessible and visible locations with signages as required;
  7. Creating awareness among employees, customers and suppliers on an organisation’s pandemic continuity strategy, and alternate working arrangements and how they are involved;
  8. Monitoring official information sources, advice and assistance from the government, health and other relevant agencies and watching out of any rumours or false news spreading within the organisation regards a pandemic/ potential pandemic outbreak; and
  9. Updating staff on recent developments on the pandemic outbreak/ potential pandemic outbreak through newsletters or other organisational communication channels.

If you would like more information, please contact us to discuss.

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Regardless of the market you operate within or the size of business you manage, we all have a common goal: to reduce the impact of this pandemic on operations, employees, customers and the general public.

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