Essays on Business Continuity Management of the British Red Cross Case Study

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The paper "Business Continuity Management of the British Red Cross" is a good example of a case study on management. The British Red Cross and the Red Crescent Movement provide assistance and aid to victims of international conflicts such as war; natural calamities such as earthquakes, floods, famine, etc. , and provide extensive support to refugees from different parts of the world. The Red Cross operates widely both within the country as well as across countries. Although the Civil Contingencies Act (2004) does not govern the Red Cross they work very closely with Category 1 & 2 responders and hence need to have a Business Continuity Management (BCM) Strategy in place so that they can continue to operate and give assistance to Category 1 responders during a crisis or any disaster.

This paper will aim to do a Stakeholder Analysis and a Business Impact Analysis in order to understand the business and the people involved in the business. It will identify the relationship of the five most important stakeholders of the business to the business organization. It will analyze the four important processes that are important for the survival of the organization and structure ten generic questions that can be utilized to extract information regarding the four critical processes thus identifying any potential vulnerability in the processes. After seeing thousands of people suffer and die due to the lack of good care facilities at the end of the Battle of Solferino in 1859, a Swiss businessman named Henry Dunant established the International Red Cross and the Red Crescent Movement in 1863.

He suggested the opening of international relief societies, made up of volunteers trained in providing neutral and unbiased aid to people in need during war times.

As a response to the suggestion proposed by Henry Dunant, The International Committee of the Red Cross was formed and established in Geneva. The Red Cross’ s founding charter was drawn up in 1863. In addition to his above proposal Henry Dunant also recommended that countries should come to an international agreement that would identify the status of the medical services provided and the status of the wounded people on the battlefield.

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