Business Continuity Plan
The wellbeing of our employees and their families, and our ability to continue to serve our clients remains our top priority.
Martin Currie’s business continuity plans cover a wide range of scenarios, are well rehearsed and regionally focussed. As a result of the current pandemic, we may experience a reduction in available employees, lose access to our offices and see some disruption at our suppliers but we are confident that we can continue to meet our regulatory and fiduciary obligations to our clients. As expected, our plans have been activated and are standing up well as we have a number of people working effectively from home and have travel restrictions and protocols in place. We are also in close contact with our key suppliers and have oversight of their continuity arrangements. We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak and continue to communicate regularly with our team, providing the most up-to-date and relevant information to keep them safe, in line with advice from government bodies and health officials.
As part of our business continuity plan, Brandywine Global invested in hardware, software, and collaboration tools to enable employees the opportunity and flexibility to work remotely, securely, and reliably for extended periods.
Additionally, our investment teams have the necessary resources to replicate their office operating environment remotely, providing the ability to effectively communicate, share materials, and collaborate and ensuring seamless portfolio management.
Effective March 16, 2020, we implemented remote work procedures globally to encourage social distancing and limit the possibility for cross-infection. To the extent that a highly limited number of employees is required to be on site, we have made provisions to ensure appropriate work-space distancing. Additionally, designated employees with similar responsibilities are mandated to stay away from the office. Further, we have enacted specific mandates for key investment personnel who are prohibited from being in the same building, in or out of the office.