Business Continuity Management – The British Red CrossThe 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. This agreement is said to be the original Geneva Convention of 1864. The Franco Prussian war was followed up with a public meeting held in London, where a resolution was passed.
This resolution stated that a National Society must be formed in the country to help the wounded and sick soldiers in war times and that this National Society will be formed based on the rules that were put forth by the Geneva Convention on 1864. Thus the British National Society for Aid to the Sick and Wounded in War was formed to aid the sick and wounded soldiers of both armies in war and also to many other wars that followed (Just Giving, Online). The agenda of the Red Cross to provide aid in times of war called for the need for a large number of volunteers.
This larger number was the primary prerequisite to help the wounded. For this reason in 1907, an enduring structure of local branches was taken up. This gave rise to the increasing presence of the Red Cross across the different communities in the country. Following this, in 1909 the Voluntary Aid Scheme was established. This scheme ensured that Voluntary Aid Detachments (VADs) were formed in every county in England.
The members on the Voluntary Aid Scheme were required to provide assistance to the territorial medical forces at the time of war. The British Red Cross along with other bodies has since provided relief to millions of displaced people and aided populations who were in dire need of the supply of basic amenities (British Red Cross, Online).