Switzerland-based Resilience Guard consultancy has the know-how and experience to help you build a business continuity management system (BCMS) that is right for your organisation and maintain it to the highest global standards.
You may think that obtaining business assurance in the form of ISO 22301 certification for your BCMS is a luxury you can do without and that you can rely on your testing activity to give you the confidence that all is working smoothly. However, such an ad hoc approach means you miss out on all the advantages that getting an official seal of approval for your business continuity management system brings, namely:
- The ability to monitor progress of your BCMS maturity
- Evidence demonstrating the effectiveness of your BCMS to the business
- Identifying areas for improvement
- Informed funding and resource decisions
- A competitive edge
Our consultants can steer you through the accreditation process and give your customers, suppliers and partners the confidence that comes with independent business assurance.
Good Corporate Governance promotes effective risk management and strong risk management is the key to achieving compliance. Although achieving world-class corporate governance may seem complicated it doesn’t have to be. A strong framework is the start.
Resilience Guard views corporate governance as the systems and processes an organisation has in place to protect and promote the interests of its diverse interested parties. Our methodology helps organisations:
• Implement solutions to strengthen Corporate Governance;
• Design an appropriate governance framework;
• Conduct Board and Audit Committee assessments;
• Identify current governance processes where business risks are not being mitigated effectively;
• Carry out Board training on topics such as directors’ responsibilities, obligations and enhanced governance practices.
The Corporate Governance and professional services offered help clients develop an understanding of how the Board can discharge its responsibilities to resolve latent issues, develop a new vision, and become more effective and efficient.
ISO 22301 certification
ISO 22301 is an international standard for business continuity management systems that can be used by organisations of all types and sizes across all industry sectors. Organisations that obtain accreditation against the ISO 22301 standard are able to demonstrate to auditors, regulators, customers, prospective customers and other stakeholders that they put business continuity best practice at the forefront of what they do.
Attaining the standards required by ISO 22301 also enables the business continuity manager to show senior management that internationally recognized accreditation has been achieved, boosting their standing within the organisation. Our consultants can guide you through ISO 22301 certification and ensure your business is equipped to survive in the event of a major incident or disaster.
Gap Analysis for business assurance
Independent, internationally recognised accreditation to a standard is often a prerequisite when tendering for new business in Switzerland and beyond. Even when this is not the case, accreditation will confer credibility and give the holder a competitive advantage and assurance.
The International Standard ISO 22301 Business Continuity Management is one such certification. Designed to help organisations understand and prioritise the threats to their business, ISO 22301 specifies the requirements for a business continuity management system to protect against threats and give you the assurance that your business can recover quickly from disruptive incidents.
If you’d like to know how your business continuity management system measures up against ISO 22301, a consultant can undertake gap analysis to identify any shortcomings before it is scrutinised by external auditors to gain business assurance.
ISO 22301 Pre-Audits
Before you apply for official certification of your business continuity management system (BCMS) as part of your business assurance activity you may find it a valuable exercise to first undergo an informal pre-audit to avoid the embarrassment and cost to your reputation of a visible audit failure.
Switzerland-based Resilience Guard consultancy can support you through the entire accreditation process including conducting an all-important pre-audit before the official certification process begins to identify any grey areas. One of our consultants will help you fill those gaps so that you are well-positioned to achieve ISO 22301 certification with all the benefits it brings.
Audit reports for business assurance
Even if you are not considering applying for official ISO 22301accreditation of your business continuity management system (BCMS) you may find it worthwhile for Resilience Guard to conduct an audit and measure compliance with the organisation’s policies and procedures for assurance purposes.
As an objective source of independent advice, Switzerland’s regulatory bodies, customer auditors and senior management often find such audits valuable when evaluating compliance. A detailed report summarising the audit findings and recommendations for action is included as standard.
Internal Audit Practices
Internal Audit has to drive value creation and promote business performance. At Resilience Guard we believe this is about delivering the optimum level of assurance for a reasonable cost and, in doing so, freeing up vital resource. More than ever before, Heads of Internal Audit are accountable for demonstrating that their key risks and issues, and subsequent risk management processes, have the right level of assurance.
Our Internal Audit and Risk specialists can help to ensure that you are tackling the right risks, improve and align your governance, risk and control frameworks, and ensure buy-in of interested parties from the Board down.
Our Audit approach focuses on understanding the client’s global business and control issues from the inside out. It combines a rigorous risk assessment, diagnostic processes and audit testing procedures, as well as a continuous assessment of our clients’ service performance.
We can provide independent advice to your Board, the Audit Committee, Management and Regulators on your organisational risks and the state of your controls, and work with you to implement any improvements that are needed. As your strategic advisor, Internal Audit can help you:
• Assess your Internal Audit function and identify areas of improvement
• Identify opportunities to enhance the strategic value of Internal Audit
• Accelerate improvements through co-sourcing
Our IA practice works with Internal Audit executives and Audit Committees to develop a robust internal audit function that delivers strategic business assurance, identifies business opportunities and enhances organisational value.
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