While the rapid shift to a remote workforce model in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic has driven many changes for businesses around the world, a few constants have grown in importance. To maintain operations as seamlessly as possible, organizations must secure their payment systems, technology access, and sensitive customer data no matter where it resides, and that is particularly true when it is being accessed or processed by employees from their homes.
Risk Management and Compliance (GRC)
An unlikely health and safety pandemic has thrown the world into a tailspin. Regulatory changes related to COVID-19 are already touching all facets of the industry. They are likely to continue to evolve at a brisk pace, making it difficult for some employers to keep up. Although it would have been impossible for any company to be fully prepared for such low probability, the companies that put health and safety at the forefront of their efforts have found themselves in a much better position to respond.
The entire world is watching aghast as our nation continues to struggle with its COVID-19 response, where our broken supply chain cannot supply medical workers with enough masks and face shields to keep them reasonably healthy. The pandemic has exposed inadequacies and vulnerabilities in supply chains that were supposed to provide the much-needed supplies in the healthcare system. But life-threatening shortages are reported daily. COVID-19 testing kits and nasal swabs, lab processing chemicals, hand sanitizer and ventilators are in desperately short supply.
In 2020, you can bet your bottom dollar that consumers won’t be spending theirs on your products if you aren’t striving to operate sustainably.
For years, naysayers have argued that the consumers who say they want sustainable products aren’t actually willing to part with the extra cash to acquire them, opting for fast-fashion and plastic packaging over higher price points. Recent research proves this is simply not the case.
In daily life as an individual, you rely on others – from neighbors to police to lawyers and judges to armed forces – for protection against threats of all kinds. At the same time, you also bear responsibility: the more careless or inclined toward risk you are, the less secure you become.