Pandemic response

Pandemic risk has always been a known threat to business. But did we ever really understand what it meant?

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The pandemic threat has probably been part of every enterprise risk assessment I’ve ever done. I must have seen close to a hundred dots depicting the pandemic risk, most shown as a low to medium likelihood and a medium to high impact on the ubiquitous heatmap. That’s actually a pretty serious risk. The pandemic risk certainly has been discussed multiple times as something that seriously threatens business. But did we ever really understand what it meant? Looking at the speed of some of the actions taken, I’m starting to doubt it.

Looking back at those risk assessments, it’s interesting to see how these assessments, for instance, completely missed the impact on personal lives. Of course, that wasn’t the purpose of the assessment, but still.

It’s equally interesting and frustrating to see the slow response to the coronavirus threat, but I’m happy that now  reality has finally struck, and governments, companies and people seem to be taking the right measures.

At SIG, we implemented our pandemic protocol several weeks ago, trying to ensure the health of our employees and our clients, as well as the continuity of our business. Among many other measures, we’ve moved to working from home and meeting virtually as much as possible. We’ve also created a Health, Security and Business Continuity committee to monitor and assess the situation and take extra measures if and when necessary. The nature of our work, luckily, allows for remote working. Client meetings are still taking place, either virtually or with extra health measures taken into account.

SIG stands for creating a healthier digital world. That’s what we’ve been doing for the last 20 years and hope to do for a long time. For now, we’re focusing on maintaining a healthy world in the first place. It does all remind us what’s really important.

From here, I wish my colleagues, our clients, our friends and families the healthiest world possible.

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