Please join our Resilience First Summer Debate:
'This house believes that our resilience standards are not up to standard'
Thursday 15 July 2021, 3pm to 4pm BST.
The virtual debate, in Oxford Union-style, will discuss the topic of standards. The essence of the debate is around the proposition that: 'our resilience standards are not up to standard'.
Current resilience standards, as exemplified by the ISO compendium, have become increasingly burdensome, complex, subjective and allied to vested commercial interests. The original BSI's Royal Charter injunction for 'simplification' of processes has been lost in a morass of definitions, clauses, guidance and unsubstantiated best practice formulated by a cabal of consultants with no academic validation of their efficacy.
Their imposition on global companies by third parties, clients or regulators is wholly impractical and for most SMEs it is, in several respects, overburdensome. Cost-benefit analysis even by the BSI themselves reveals benefits are questionable and resulting bureaucracy often distracts organisations from their core business. Furthermore, the audit process is often conducted by consultants who have little understanding of the company in question and have rarely practised resilience. The consequent recommendations and observations are often risible.
Therefore, the concept of standards needs to be reviewed, simplified and made more accessible. If action is not taken soon, resilience standards risk falling into disrepute and becoming little more than a distress purchase and 'tick-box exercise' and losing their original intent of improving efficiency.
Chair: Claire Ward, Chief Executive, The Institute for Collaborative Working
For the motion: Dr Chris Needham-Bennett, Chief Executive, Needhams1834
Against the motion: Dr Rob MacFarlane, Deputy Director, Civil Contingencies Secretariat, Cabinet Office