The British Red Cross - Business Continuity ManagementA Swiss businessman named Henry Dunant started the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement in 1863. After seeing the sufferings of thousands of people due to lack of proper car after the Battle of Solferino in 1859. He recommended the formation of national relief societies comprising of volunteers who can be trained during the peace times to provide neutral and unbiased help to people in times of war. In response to his suggestion the International Committee of the Red Cross, was established in Geneva.
The founding charter of the Red Cross was drawn up in 1863. He also said that countries should sign up an international agreement, which will identify the standing of medical services and the wounded in the battlefield. This was the original Geneva Convention adopted in 1864.Following the Franco-Prussian war, on 4th August 1870, in a public meeting held in London, passed a resolution that said, “a National Society be formed in this country for aiding sick and wounded soldiers in time of war and that the said Society be formed upon the Rules laid down by the Geneva Convention of 1864”.
The British National Society for Aid to the Sick and Wounded in War was formed, to give relief to both the warring armies during the Franco –Prussian war and many other subsequent wars. The Red Cross required a very large number of volunteers to help during war times. Hence 1907, a lasting structure of local Branches was adopted and this increased the presence of the British Red Cross to different communities around the country. The Voluntary Aid Scheme was initiated in 1909, which would guarantee that Voluntary Aid Detachments (VADs) were formed in every county in England.
The members of this scheme were required to give aid to the regional medical facilities in times of war or any other disasters. The British Red Cross along with other bodies provided relief to displaced people and liberated populations who were in need of basic supplies. Stakeholder Analysis“Any group or individual who can affect or who is affected by achievement of a firm's objectives is a Stakeholder” (iSix Sigma, 2003). According to the PWASET (2008), “The Stakeholder Analysis (SA) is a method of systematically gathering and analyzing data on stakeholders (individuals, groups and organizations) in order to identify stakeholders and the key actors in a system, assess their respective interests (stakes), and predict the potential to influence policy development and implementation”.
Stakeholder Analysis is a technique that assists us to identify the primary people who have to be won over in order to benefit the business. There are three major steps in Stakeholder Analysis. The first step is to identify who the stakeholders are.
The second step is to find out each stakeholder’s power, interest and influence so that an assessment can be drawn regarding whom the main focus must be on. The final step is to understand the primary stakeholders who have been identified in the last step, to help decide how their support can be won or retained for business continuity. Winning or retaining the support of the stakeholders is very important for the sustaining of the organization.