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The Business Continuity Institute has published a new document which sets out four pledges that it is making to help advance organizational resilience around the world. The ‘Manifesto for Organizational Resilience’ also provides a detailed explanation of the concept of organizational resilience defined by the BCI as ‘the ability of an organization to absorb and adapt in a changing environment’ – and how disciplines should collaborate in order to achieve it.

Speaking at a launch event in London, David Thorp, Executive Director of the BCI said, “Our view at the BCI is that no organizations can claim ownership of the resilience ground. So, what we propose is to work with other professional bodies and membership organizations in the resilience spectrum to provide a range of benefits for the mutual benefit of all of our members. Collaboration is the key to a resilient future for organizations, this manifesto is the first step to making that future happen.”

The Business Continuity Institute’s four pledges set out in the Manifesto for Organizational Resilience are as below (published verbatim):

We will champion academic research and new thinking for the benefit of the practitioner community

The BCI will be the point of contact between the academic research community and the resilience practitioner community. Through a series of key initiatives, we will offer practitioners the benefit of cutting-edge thinking that will inform the practices of tomorrow.

  • We will develop and launch a new journal to be available in early 2019, in association with Emerald Group Publishing, the leading publisher of academic journals.
  • We will work with our university partners to create an academic/practitioner conference to facilitate the two-way transfer of knowledge with the aim of embedding the latest research into professional practice and giving researchers insight into the key concerns of practitioners.
  • We will establish a research foundation in 2019, with our corporate partners, to develop a resilience research agenda and act as a conduit for the funding of research
  • We will broaden the scope of our research activities to develop and deliver insights into those aspects of organizational resilience that impact upon professionals delivering business continuity.

We will create a series of global and local Resilience Alliances with other like-minded professional bodies

The BCI does not believe a single organization can, with any credibility, claim to cover all disciplines and specialist expertise that deliver resilience. We will work with multi-disciplinary professional bodies to establish a Resilience Alliance whereby each organization can share its own specific expertise for the benefit of all practitioners, regardless of their professional discipline or access point to the community.

We will work on two levels, driven by mutual benefit to our memberships:

  • With those membership bodies who have a global reach.
  • With those membership bodies who are specific to any one of the countries in which the BCI has a presence.

We will establish a series of Next Practice Groups across the UK, Europe, India, North America, and Australasia.

The BCI will aim to utilise the collective brain power and hard-won insight of some of the most experienced practitioners in the field, working across a wide range of disciplines, to explore the themes that really matter to practitioners and to deliver a series of white papers on next practice from the end of 2018.

We will develop and launch an Online Resilience Tool designed to increase awareness amongst organizations of all sizes and across all sectors

The BCI will create the tool to instruct practitioners on what needs to be done to achieve organizational resilience and to provide a starting point for their journey towards resilience. This online tool will be freely available to all on our website for the benefit of any organization that wants to understand the scope of business continuity and the steps it must take towards creating a culture that promotes organizational resilience.

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