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Sainsbury's vets suppliers over IT continuity plans Print E-mail
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Security Sainsbury's has begun a drive to ensure its key suppliers have business continuity plans in place to deal with disruptions such as the loss of IT systems or key sites becoming inaccessible.

"It is a massive piece of work. Given that Sainsbury's deals with 2,500 suppliers, we are focusing on those that are most critical to our operations," said Steve Mellish, head of business continuity at Sainsbury's. The firm is also looking at how to revise terms and conditions to include business continuity planning in future contracts with new suppliers.

Providing evidence that IT can survive disaster is becoming increasingly important in winning contracts, according to Richard Hawtin, partner at law firm Baker & McKenzie. "It is difficult to think of a significant outsourcing or services agreement where business continuity has not been addressed in significant detail," he said.

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