It is good practice for the organisation's Board or Governing Body to demonstrate a clear commitment to establishing and maintaining an effective Business Continuity Planning process. It is necessary to communicate to all management and staff that a Business Continuity Plan is required in order to ensure that essential functions of the organisation are able to continue in the event of serious adverse circumstances.
A suggested wording for a Board or Governing Body statement is as follows:
"The Board or Governing Body has approved a top priority project to formalise the organisation's Business Continuity Planning process. It recognises that there are significant risks to its essential business processes through potential and unexpected disruptive events. The increasing development in technologically based processes and the related high level of dependence upon such processes in order to conduct our business makes it prudent to initiate a Business Continuity Planning project with immediate effect.
This project will be placed under the overall control of the BCP Project Manager and all management and staff are expected to fully support this process. A BCP Planning Team will be formed to develop the BCP document. The BCP Project Manager will be ............... and the Deputy BCP Project Manager will be .....................
Heads of divisions and departments are instructed to nominate a responsible official to co-ordinate the Business Continuity Planning process in respect of that Division's or Department's activities."
This statement can be amended to suit the specific needs of your organisation.
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This information is derived from the BCP Generator
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