Civil Contingencies Secretariat joins BCI Partnership
New research from the BCI Partnership reveals that less than 50% of UK workers have been advised what to do in the event of their workplace becoming inaccessible following an incident such as a fire or flood.
Key results from the October YouGov poll also show that less than 30% of workers thought their employer could survive a continued disruption for over six months with nearly 20% fearing their employer would be out of business within one month.
On a personal level 44% of respondents felt their families would start to suffer after just four weeks if continued disruption at work meant the loss of the family’s main income.
The poll, which covered 2000 UK adults, also explored workers’ understanding of the term “Business Continuity Management” showing a generally poor level of knowledge of the discipline with marked regional variations indicating that workers in London had a better understanding.
The release of these research statistics coincides with the Civil Contingencies Secretariat (CCS), a department of the Cabinet Office, announcing they are to join the BCI Partnership.
The CCS is tasked with ensuring that the UK is resilient to any event which could pose a disruptive challenge to the welfare and day to day activities of the UK. This could include the impacts of natural hazards such as flooding and foot and mouth disease, major accidents as well as the consequences of terrorist activity. The CCS will work alongside Founding Partners who have committed resources, time and expertise to help drive awareness of BCM and the benefits to businesses.
Established in 2007, the BCI Partnership exists to raise awareness of Business Continuity Management (BCM) and to promote corporate excellence within the discipline.
Founding Partners within the BCI Partnership are:
- British Standards Institute
- British Telecom
- Continuity Shop
- ICM Continuous Business
- Milton Keynes Council
- SunGard Availability Services
Lorraine Darke, BCI Executive Director said:
“We are delighted to have such a pool of experience and knowledge to draw upon from amongst our Founding Partners and warmly welcome the Civil Contingencies Secretariat as a Partner. The YouGov research shows that we have a challenge ahead of us in raising awareness of how BCM can help organisations operate more effectively. There is no doubt that with support from Partners we will be able to raise awareness and practice of BCM within organisations and help to drive the increase in professionalism of individual practitioners.”