How good is your business continuity policy?
Are you happy that it will show your organisation in it’s best light the next time a supplier asks to see it?
Do you want to review other people’s policies, to see if there are any areas you can improve upon using the ideas of others?
While business continuity plans are usually very confidential, business continuity policies are usually not. Customers that use your organisation in their supply chain, or even suppliers with very good practice guidelines, may ask to see your business continuity policy to judge how seriously your organisation takes the process. A bad policy could therefore lose your organisation revenue via work it does not win.
For clarification, the Business Continuity Policy we’re talking about isn’t the same as the business continuity ‘client disclosures’ that are published on every US financial institutions website. [Examples of these can be viewed for Bank of America, Deutsche Bank and North Star].
To comply with BS25999 (and other standards)Business Continuity Policies must:
- include objectives and scope, limitations and exclusions
- be signed off by the senior management and be communicated to all staff
- be reviewed with a scheduled regularity or when significant changes occur within the organisation.
We’re not vouching for the policies included in the list below, since you can judge for yourself whether they comply with the key points outlined in the standard, as above. However, we do know how useful it can be to view other policies and ‘borrow’ the useful parts for our own use.
So here are links to some business continuity policies currently available on the internet:
- Metropolitan Police Service, London
- Certificates Australia
- Marcuard Heritage Wealth Management
- National Health Service, West Sussex
- University of Aberdeen
- Blackpool Local Government
- Balfour Beatty Capital
- City of London Police
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