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Resilience Alliance launched to enhance industry collaboration

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New professional relationship formed by four independent professional membership organisations will collectively promote the importance of resilience and establish good practice resilience initiatives...

Four leading professional membership organisations today announce the launch of the Resilience Alliance, with the aim of developing and promoting resilience globally.

Airmic, ASIS International, The BCI, and the Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management, have each signed the Memorandum of Understanding.

The Resilience Alliance will address the implications of the changes and sudden disruptions such as those faced by organisations already in 2020. The goal is to convert the benefit of the collective specialisms of member organisations through collaboration. It also aims to develop and promote a common mutual understanding of what is meant by the term ‘resilience’.

Each member organisation of the Resilience Alliance has developed its own lens and approach to the subject of resilience based on its unique purpose, activities and individual member interest.

However, many resilience challenges are faced and shared by all. The Resilience Alliance will undertake joint communication and thought leadership initiatives and research projects on the good practices organisations can develop and adopt.

Members will be also encouraged to share their professional knowledge, supporting the collaboration of the respective professionals in a complex, connected and high  velocity world.

 

Basis for collaboration

  • Organisational resilience is most effectively delivered when operational and professional silos are broken down.
  • There is no single discipline that can claim to cover all aspects of resilience.
  • Resilience is delivered by multidisciplinary specialists working together towards a common purpose.
  • Risk management, workplace and facilities, security and business continuity professionals all play a key role in developing resilience
  • Collaboration by professionals makes good business sense

Objectives and next steps

  • Promotion of the value of developing resilience
  • Promotion of the activities of each Alliance member
  • Joint research, education and events
  • A collaborative approach reflecting a complex, connected and fast-moving world.

The Resilience Alliance Chair and Secretariat will be rotational between the member bodies on a yearly basis from 1 April, starting with The BCI. The incumbent secretariat will agree immediate and longer terms plans and priorities.

 

John Ludlow, CEO of Airmic, explained:

“It is important that we work with risk professionals across the spectrum to demonstrate what we believe that resilience is a team game and that together we are stronger. The Resilience Alliance member organisations’ united presence at Airmic Fest demonstrates our intent, embracing the theme: ‘Working together in a time of accelerated change.’

“The Resilience Alliance is a fantastic opportunity to drive change in organisations, making them fitter and ultimately more ‘risk intelligent’. The events of 2020 have shown us we live in a fast moving, volatile and connected world - one that is constantly changing and where working in silos is no longer an option.

“Airmic is delighted to work with our fellow Resilience Alliance members on the projects and thought leadership issues, across public platforms, which will demonstrate the power of collaboration.”

 

Peter O’Neil, CEO of ASIS International, stated: 

“Resilience plays a significant role in the security profession as a whole, particularly as it relates to crisis management and business continuity challenges. The ability to prepare for, and adapt to, changing conditions and withstand and recover rapidly from disruptions is a major role of security professionals worldwide. We are excited to join the Resilience Alliance and look forward to developing future tools and resources for our profession (and others) to strengthen organizations across the globe.”

 

David Thorp, CEO of The BCI, stated;

“When we published our Manifesto for Organizational Resilience early in 2018 we stated our belief that organizational resilience is delivered when different disciplines work together in a coordinated manner. There is no single discipline that can claim to cover all aspects of resilience. Instead, resilience is delivered by specialist disciplines working together towards a common purpose. The launch of the Resilience Alliance comes at a time when this collaboration has never been more important.”


Linda Hausmanis, Chief Executive of IWFM, added:

“We are excited to be a part of the Resilience Alliance and look forward to building on our existing collaborations towards a knowledge exchange platform that will benefit all of our members.

“Covid-19 has underlined the importance of resilience as organisations have needed to be adaptive and flexible in the face of challenging and uncertain circumstances. Resilience will continue to be paramount in the coming months as we emerge from the crisis; likewise, flexibility will remain key to any newly laid plans as we continue into the unknown.

“Workplace and facilities management professionals have never been more central to the country’s fortunes: the pandemic has shone a light on the importance of our profession in keeping buildings clean, safe and operational, enabling people to do their best work wherever they are, and leading the safe return to work.

"If this pandemic has taught us anything, it is that we need to come together for the greater good. The Resilience Alliance exemplifies this principal and we look forward to working with our partners.”