We help by developing the framework (organizational structure, policies and procedures, roles and responsibilities) that underpin your entire business continuity management program or a discreet portion of it, which in turn can be used to verify if the program is running as envisioned.
Program Governance Questions
Having the right people involved is critical. We recommend discussions with key members of management to agree on the goals of the program and who is ultimately responsible. These are outlined in a policy document. Top management should ultimately approve such policy, socialize it, and ensure it is reviewed annually for ongoing applicability.
Very frequently we work with our client’s business continuity project manager to help define the composition of the business continuity executive steering committee and the cycle of regular meetings. We are happy to take the lead or provide expertise and support when reporting on the status of the program. This may entail producing an agenda, preparing and delivering presentations, as well as recording meeting minutes.
We believe it’s best to identify the essential business continuity program elements that usually form a program governance document. This would include the business continuity program policy, program goals, and program-specific roles, responsibilities and approvals. The more top management does to communicate about the program, the better awareness there will be among general staff.
We have seen clients get the word out in many ways. Examples includes lunch & learns, Intranet an blog postings, online learning modules and more.
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Program Governance Engagements
Below is a sampling of current and past program governance engagements. Use the menu to focus on a particular industry sector. Click on any specific engagement for more information.