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Crises are certain, survival is not

Equipping clients to prepare for disasters, bounce back strong

The frequency and magnitude of crises are increasing, and the array of emergencies continue to expand and evolve. Deloitte’s multidisciplinary crisis management market offering is helping organizations prepare for potential disasters and bounce back strong.

When crises come knocking, an organization’s operations, reputation, and often its very survival hang in the balance. These unwanted visitors will likely arrive at every company’s doorstep; the Aon-sponsored 2012 Reputation Review report issued by Oxford Metrica says businesses can expect a value-destroying catastrophe once every five years. In 2012 and 2013 alone, according to research conducted by Deloitte US, companies in the US lost US$350 billion in market valuation and suffered more than US$45 billion in losses, fines, and penalties due to such calamities.

Not only are the frequency and magnitude of crises increasing, but the array of emergencies also continues to expand and evolve. Organizations that once viewed crisis management as a matter of recovery from physical disasters, such as earthquakes and floods, are quickly realizing that any number of threats—including terrorist attacks, cyber breaches, industrial explosions, and wide-scale employee fraud—can rear up suddenly to upend the ordinary course of business.

Crises today require active leadership from top management, but for even the best managers, unexpected disasters can be a shock, often inducing confusion rather than a cool-headed response—and understandably so. “Managing crises calls upon different skills from managing at other times,” says Peter Dent, Deloitte Global Crisis Management Leader. “But, those organizations who do it well and take control have a chance to emerge stronger by seizing the opportunity to make needed changes.”

Experience matters

Research shows that companies that have navigated effectively through crises before are best equipped to lead when disaster strikes next, embarking more quickly on a strategic plan to regain control. “When the moment arrives, experience matters,” Dent says. “If a company doesn’t have it, there is tremendous value in teaming up with a leader like Deloitte.”

With decades of crisis-fighting experience, Deloitte member firm professionals have played a crucial role helping clients over the years prepare for, respond to, and recover from their darkest hours. Dent says, “Deloitte’s crisis specialists have helped member firm clients in different industries worldwide face down some of the biggest tests in their histories—bankruptcies, regulatory challenges, cyberattacks, and much more.”

This support was amplified in FY2015 when Deloitte collected its crisis specialists from across the globe into a multidisciplinary market offering. “By creating a close-knit community of crisis management specialists in nearly 150 countries across our member firm network, Deloitte can more easily provide end-to-end business support before, during, and after a crisis with the industry-specific and functional skills needed in each case,” explains Rhoda Woo, Deloitte Advisory managing director and leader of crisis management solutions." “We can make a more powerful impact by filling a need in the market for an organization with Deloitte’s know-how and global reach to help clients tackle the inevitable.”

”Deloitte offers clients a full spectrum of crisis management services, from training exercises for top leadership to real-time crisis response and post-crisis repair and reform. “With an organization primed for crisis response, Deloitte can pull from its team of crisis specialists at a moment’s notice to help clients with real-time response, crisis communications, around-the-clock monitoring, and business viability at the height of crisis, as well as help guide organizations through effective solutions and needed reforms in the aftermath,” says Rick Cudworth, Resilience & Crisis Management leader at Deloitte UK.

Wargaming tests preparedness

Deloitte’s Global Center for Crisis Management helps professionals within our member firm network, who conduct rigorous simulation exercises based on advanced methodologies from the military and academia, to better prepare client company leaders. Identifying crises that might realistically strike an organization, Deloitte creates immersive scenarios featuring the client’s C-Suite executives, board members, and other top leaders in action, along with its larger crisis-response teams, providing essential players with greater experience to manage major threats in the future.

“Our approach is based on a distinct combination of military and academic rigor and our own business experience,” says Woo. “Our simulations lay a solid foundation for everything that follows. Theoretical threats become more real and vivid, potential risks are more tangible, and people walk away with a greater understanding of the roles they will play when the stakes are highest.”

Adds John Bone, specialist leader and wargame functional lead for Deloitte US, “Deloitte has the global, multi-industry, senior-level proficiency that can help organizations determine how to improve their procedures and outcomes, and the red-team specialists who have worked at senior levels at competitive institutions to help an organization understand the pushback it may face and how competitors may respond.”

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Deloitte named a leader in Global Risk Management Consulting Services by Gartner.
Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.
Source: Magic Quadrant for Global Risk Management Consulting Services, 2014. October 7, 2014.

Deloitte named the leader in crisis advisory in financial services by Kennedy.
Source: Kennedy Consulting Research & Advisory; Event-Driven Consulting in Financial Services: Crisis Advisory in the New Regulatory Framework 2015. © 2015 Kennedy Information, LLC. Reproduced under license.

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