DRI Foundation Supports Relief Efforts in the Philippines

Donations to Fund Disaster-Resistant Housing Project

The Disaster Recovery International (DRI) Foundation has taken an active hand in aiding relief efforts for the survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan-Yolanda in the Philippines.

For the first time, the Foundation solicited donations for this singular cause from the business continuity and emergency management continuity. The response was overwhelming, as supporters rushed to provide funding to help in the wake of the typhoon.

Reaching out to its contacts in the Philippines to determine the best use of supporters’ donations, the Foundation confirmed the urgent need to begin rebuilding. To that end, it partnered with Habitat for Humanity Philippines to sponsor a Habitat Core House, a structure designed to be resistant to earthquakes and typhoons, which will help a family to start anew.

“We are not surprised at the altruism that our fellow business continuity, disaster recovery and emergency management colleagues showed in the face of this devastating event,” said AnneMarie Staley, DRI Foundation Chair. “We are proud to be a part of this noble community.”

The DRI Foundation is grateful to its donors for their generosity and support in times of crisis, and will continue to help the survivors of Haiyan-Yolanda to rebuild in the coming months.

 

About the DRI Foundation

The Disaster Recovery International (DRI) Foundation, Inc. helps organizations worldwide begin the recovery process as soon as possible. The DRI Foundation was envisioned and launched as a separate entity of the Disaster Recovery Institute (DRI) International, which has been certifying business continuity and disaster recovery professionals since 1988. By leveraging the Institute’s relationships with U.S. agencies, international governments and worldwide relief agencies, the Foundation empowers more than 11,000 worldwide certified professionals to give back to their communities through volunteer relief and advocacy efforts.

Business Continuity and Corporate Governance

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A large part of business continuity has to do with measuring how an organisation stacks up compared to BC best practice, assessing processes in place to improve that performance and making a system of checks and balances to ensure that compliance with BC principles continues. Expressed like this, these aspects of business continuity start to sound remarkably like corporate governance. Business continuity even has the same three dimensions of ownership and reporting, involvement, and integration. From roots in IT, moving into operations and change management, and now emerging as a discipline in its own right, business continuity has also become an important part of good corporate governance.

The concept of governance itself has only come to the fore recently; even if many organisations have been doing it one way or another for much longer. Corporate governance means involvement by senior levels of management; it is ‘owned’ by C-level officers. It is important therefore that senior management also takes an active interest in business continuity. The incentives to do so are there. Besides better resilience, effective business continuity planning and management can help maximise quality, efficiency, cost savings, and competitive advantage. It also reinforces a good corporate reputation and opens up new business opportunities, while facilitating compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements into the bargain.

Senior management involvement in business continuity comes after awareness. DRI-ANZ runs a number of activities for this, including one-day business continuity overview courses, presentations and on-site visits to corporations that have implemented BC policies. All of these contribute to high level management perception of business continuity as a worthwhile component of corporate governance. Increased involvement is then repaid by the opportunity for business unit managers and directors to help shape the business continuity of their organisation in the way that helps them do their jobs in the most profitable and productive way.

Learning about the Key Difference between Plans and Planning in Business Continuity

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‘Plans are nothing; planning is everything’. This famous quote from Eisenhower, military supremo and later President of the United States, needs some further explanation – but it’s worth paying attention for anyone who wants to put solid business continuity in place. Eisenhower’s meaning was that while you need a plan, the plan must remain flexible and open to any required changes; and that the process itself of planning is as valuable as the documents it produces along the way. This is a fundamental theme of the one-day DRI course on Business Plan Exercise, Audit and Maintenance (BCOE-800) that also includes further related topics.

Besides emphasising the need to maintain business continuity plans and planning, the BCOE-800 course also discusses the requirements to exercise and test them. The timeliness and quality of the response of a business continuity team depends on practical experience of putting those plans into action. The course therefore covers a range of testing and exercise programs. It includes training on how to develop them for your organisation and how to communicate the results for subsequent improvement. At the same time, participants review audit processes related to BC planning and best practice for developing plans that are synchronised with the strategic direction of their enterprise or organisation.

Auditors, coordinators of business continuity and disaster recovery actions, and business unit heads are among those who will find this practically oriented course valuable. More than books and theory, it puts business continuity planning firmly into the context of real business life and its constant change. You’ll come away with the information needed to make sure that business continuity measures stay sufficient, plans remain current, and other members of the organisation receive timely reminders and refreshers through appropriate business continuity plan tests and exercises.