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Immediate actions to assess organisational exposure to coronavirus

Health Industry Hub | March 16, 2020 |
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The rapid outbreak of the coronavirus presents an alarming health crisis that the world is coming to terms with. In addition to the human impact, there is also a significant commercial impact being felt globally.

What are the immediate actions to consider?

Protect your people and customers

  • Leverage Human Resources and Management expertise to maintain employees’ physical and mental well-being, providing guidance to employees and reassessing travel policies.
  • Exercise best-in-practice corporate social responsibility regarding employee stability, wider society and economy and pursuing ways to support response efforts.
  • Encourage employees to work remotely and have virtual meetings.
  • If the office or a worksite needs to be temporarily closed, take care to ensure employees understand corporate policies surrounding pay and benefits.
  • Leverage external digital solutions to communicate with healthcare professionals and other key stakeholders from a corporate and brand perspective.

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Assess supplier risk

  • Create a crisis response team to facilitate the open and consistent flow of digitally delivered information to key stakeholders, maintaining stakeholder confidence and informing customers who will be impacted.
  • Establish a team to focus on supply chain assessment and risk management.
  • Map urgency of sourced materials to high-value products and revenue streams.
  • Review contracts with key stakeholders to understand liability in the event of supply shortage.
  • Determine exposure by identifying current and buffer inventory, building tier-transparency and short-term action plans.
  • Conduct a value chain assessment of other risk factors that may escalate costs, for example transportation shortages, taking proactive action to address anticipated shortages.

Manage business plans

  • Revise cash flow, working capital management and inventory forecasts alongside supply and demand predictions.
  • Understand how financial stability may be impacted from further stock market declines and restrictions in access to funding.
  • Review organisation-wide business plans to ensure all business functions are aligned.

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