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ASIS Foundation Research: Resilience and Recovery After COVID-19

Tracking COVID-19 Response Across Industries

To help security professionals benchmark and learn from one another, the ASIS Foundation has launched a new project to track and share case studies illustrating security’s response to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. We have identified a group of security executives across the globe representing different industries and organizations, and we are checking in with them regularly to learn how they are responding to this crisis and planning for recovery.

Disease Outbreak: Security Resources

The coronavirus outbreak (also known as COVID-19) has had a major impact on the security and business continuity of organizations with significant ties to China. It has also created global travel issues, and its potential spread is a good reason for organizations to re-examine their plans in case a pandemic hits a geographic region vital to that organization’s business interests.

Case Studies

A Technical Institute in Asia Implements Temperature Screening

Updated 28 May: This technical university in southeast Asia—which has a 75-acre campus and serves about 15,000 students—initially treated the COVID-19 outbreak as an influenza event, activating its business continuity practices and assembling its executive level crisis management team.

A Clothing Retailer Tests Cleaning Systems

Updated 28 May: The economic downturn has savaged retail businesses, though stores with significant online operations have been able to keep some operations going. That is the case for a U.S.-based clothing retailer with close to 1,000 corporate-run brick-and-mortar locations throughout North America, as well as franchised locations globally.

Food Supplier Weighs Costs and Benefits of Employee Temperature Checks

Updated 17 May: The COVID-19 social distancing and stay-at-home orders have ravaged the restaurant industry in the United States, and part of that loss has been borne by food and agriculture companies. As restaurant demand has slackened, this food and agriculture company has pivoted to retail, pumping much more product into supermarkets to match demand.

Multinational Bank Grapples with Resuming Travel and Return to Work

Updated 14 May: Because this Canada-based global financial institution has major operations in Asia, corporate security was alerted to the coronavirus early on. Business continuity, HR, legal, corporate security, real estate, and executives came together to sort out roles and responsibilities.

Polymer Manufacturer Makes Plans for Return to Work

Updated 11 May: A Europe-based polymer company with hundreds of facilities around the world has taken a glocal approach when responding to the coronavirus pandemic. Country security managers have established their own crisis management teams, so they could pull information from local plant and site managers.

NGO Sets Plans in Motion for Reopening

Updated 4 May: The pandemic has had a significant impact on all of this NGO's operations around the world. Office and administrative staff now work from home, and travel has been largely shut down, putting connectivity and technology to the test.

Managing Remote Operations at a Chemical Conglomerate

This large Europe-based chemical company, which has facilities all over the world, responded quickly to COVID-19 because 15,000 staff work in China—about 10 percent of their total global workers. The virus triggered immediate emergency action by the company.

Latest Trends

Tracking COVID-19 Response Trends Across Industries

Several dominant security themes have emerged from the coronavirus pandemic and the ensuing lockdown and economic freefall. All of the practitioners participating in this ASIS Foundation research project emphasized that staff, customer, client, and contractor safety is paramount.

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