New York, NY- September 15, 2015 – Today, DRI International, the world’s foremost business continuity certification and education organization, unveils the “Hub of Resilience” and “Resilient Enterprise” awards, both official “standard of excellence” designations. The “Resilient Enterprise” will be awarded to entities recognized for extraordinary commitment to areas of Business Continuity Management (BCM), including emergency management, business continuity, disaster recovery, and crisis management. Recipients of the “Hub of Resilience” award will not only show a dedication to making their organization resilient, but also will serve as a center for providing information, education and thought leadership to their community and industry.
“We are extremely excited to announce the DRI ‘Hub of Resilience’ and ‘Resilient Enterprise’ award designations as a means to recognize those organizations that understand that their services and products must be available regardless of the conditions that may adversely affect them,” said DRI President Al Berman. “This DRI ‘seal of approval’ provides further validation for organizations are demonstrating training and competencies and are paving the way for adding pledges to resilience.”
Both award designations follow stringent accreditation criterion that identifies core factors of extraordinary commitment and demonstrated capability to advocating for resilience. Eligibility is open to those institutions that want to be recognized for their dedication to working with their peers, communities and industry leaders to be more prepared to deal with adversity.
Organizations seeking accreditation must demonstrate preparedness by contributing personnel, materials, technical and management advice to aid others within their industry. A designated hub or center must provide both outreach and dissemination of resources, in addition to serving as a center for education sharing that will provide informative and educational seminars, webinars and training support for preparedness.
“Running parallel to National Preparedness Month, this accreditation effort provides organizations the opportunity to become an industry-certified extension of DRI,” added Berman. “Our goal is to help inform organizations of the importance of preparedness and create a certified network that shares the highest-level of management and governance and strives for continuous improvement.”
An extensive approval process and qualifying protocols help to ensure the appropriate level of knowledge and proficiency of an entity’s Business Continuity Management program; including an onsite inspection of the company, credentials, ethical practices, and BCM training records / documentation, followed by an interview.
“Organizations value the benefit of becoming a resilience leader within their industry and hold high standards to foster a progressive business that is prepared to withstand anticipated challenges and setbacks,” said Berman. “Today, leading organizations must plan for the unexpected when it comes to business continuity and we encourage these institutions to undergo an evaluation and continue to strive for improvement as a resilience leader within their respective industry.”
Further information can be found at: https://drii.org/hubofresilienceaward.php
Disaster Recovery Institute International (DRI) is the leading nonprofit that helps organizations around the world prepare for and recover from disasters by providing education, accreditation, and thought leadership in business continuity and related fields. Founded in 1988, DRI International has 13,000+ certified professionals in more than 100 countries and conducts native-language training in more than 50 countries, offering in-depth courses ranging from introductory to masters level, as well as specialty certifications. The organization’s annual DRI Conference brings together leading business continuity professionals from both the public and private sector to share best practices and participate in continuing education and volunteerism. Through its Collegiate Conferences series, DRI is helping to create the business continuity professionals of tomorrow, partnering with universities to introduce students and faculty to this rapidly-growing field through day-long networking and educational programs. As a recognized expert resource, DRI acts in an advisory capacity to international organizations and government institutions worldwide, helping to create industry standards and promote greater resiliency through public-private partnerships. DRI is an ANSI-accredited Standards Development Organization. www.drii.org