The Business Continuity Plan (BCP) is an essential part of an organisation’s response planning. The plan sets out how the business will operate following an incident and how it expects to return to ‘business as usual’ in the quickest possible time afterwards.
A BCP can apply to any major disruption such as a major fire, flooding, loss of a major supplier, IT failure, loss of key staff, power/utility failure etc.
ISO 22301 is the standard for business continuity and is a framework whereby the key risks to a business are identified and their potential impact analysed. Plans are put in place to ensure events and incidents are brought back in control and that critical business functions are maintained.
ISO 22301 is applicable for any organisation, regardless of size or sector.