We are doing our part to help contain the spread of coronavirus and enable a safe work environment by following the lead of our safety and health experts, as well as guidance from the World Health Organization and government agencies.
A global committee of Robert Bird Group leadership is meeting regularly to monitor the developing situation and confirm ongoing actions we need to take. As a business, we will continue to keep abreast of and comply with the various travel and social restrictions being announced by various nationalities globally, to ensure our compliance with relevant legal obligations. Should this changing landscape threaten to affect our clients, colleagues or suppliers, we will inform you at our earliest convenience of the impact and our response strategy.
We have ceased all travel for business purposes unless considered essential, and all our staff have been advised not to travel internationally for any reason unless essential. Employees who have travelled internationally, and anyone exhibiting flu symptoms, will be isolated at home for 14 days, and we will monitor their condition.
To Visitors and Suppliers to RBG offices
At present, all RBG employees have been recommended to stay home. In the event that you do need to visit an RBG office, we have updated our requirements with respect to visiting any RBG office – current requirements are outlined in all RBG staff email signatures as of 17th March 2020. We require visitors/suppliers to provide information to us prior to attending any of our offices; to avoid inconvenience please understand and observe these requirements, in order to avoid being denied entry to our offices.
Ensuring Business Continuity
We have comprehensive Business Continuity Plans (BCP) in place globally, to ensure we continue to deliver projects successfully. We have IT systems in place which enable our staff to work from home via remote links and secure data-vault access. Whilst our procedures and plans aim to minimise any impact resulting from the developing Covid-19 situation, we do anticipate that there may be some disruption and we will inform you if we become aware of any issues. We will advise you if any of our project teams have initiated “remote working” arrangements and therefore cannot meet with you in person for periods of time, and in this instance we will discuss with you alternative communication protocols to be adopted.
Employees based in clients’ offices or working on off-site projects will follow RBG guidance. Where a client introduces additional measures, RBG employees will heed the advice provided by the client.