Business Continuity Environment

Proactive organisations recognise and acknowledge that the protection of their assets, business operations, and services is a major responsibility to their customers, business partners, employees and shareholders.  They have endeavoured to establish a Business Continuity Plan to met statutory, regulatory and legal requirements. To this end, policies and procedures have been developed to support the resumption of critical, time-sensitive business processes, operations and functions in the event of their disruption, therefore protecting the organisations reputation and revenue.

Generic Organisational Environment

The Business Continuity environment relates to the physical, social, cultural, political and economic environments and the stakeholder relationships within which an organisation operates.

An organisation’s environment extends beyond its boundary. It comprises components that affect the organisation but which the organisation is unable to directly control or affect in any significant way.

An Organisation is more than the sum of its activities.  An Organisation’s environment is an interdependent system or network of activities, connected by relationships.  Relationships occur when the way in which one activity is performed affects the effectiveness of other activities.

Planning in advance for interruptions is as important as planning any other business process. When business continuity factors are integrated into central organisational planning, the enterprise can respond to unforeseen events in an orderly and balanced way. If the processes governing control and coordination are preemptively established before disaster strikes, the organisation’s leaders will be able to re-allocate assets and resources quickly and appropriately in response.

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