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Crisis management and response

A crisis situation can disrupt operations, damage reputations, destroy shareholder value, and trigger other threats. As the business community has learned through the pandemic, it’s more important than ever for leaders to anticipate and plan for the possibility of an unplanned event in order to build resilience. The more prepared you are to manage shocks, the less likely you’ll fall victim to the serious harm a crisis has the potential to inflict.

Only 23% of US organizations had a dedicated crisis response team in place at the start of the pandemic

Source: PwC’s Global Crisis Survey, 2021

How does your pandemic crisis response compare?

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Global Crisis Survey 2021

PwC’s Global Crisis Survey 2021 examines the business community’s response to the most disruptive crisis of our lifetime: the COVID-19 pandemic.

Find out how US companies reacted, what they’ve learned and how they’re preparing for what’s next.

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How does your business respond when crisis becomes the new normal?

A well-run business should have a crisis plan. But nothing tests the theory quite like reality.

When crisis strikes, a three-wave response will help you regain your footing - and emerge stronger, more resilient, and prepared for the next crisis.

Mobilize

A dedicated crisis management team to lead the response

As businesses continue to respond to new and emerging threats, our crisis management process can help you navigate the uncertainty.

PwC’s team has extensive knowledge and experience in all aspects of crisis management - from a crisis project management office (PMO) to insights and scenario planning, to timely and targeted crisis communications.

Stabilize

Turning challenges into opportunities

The role of crisis management and its programs does not disappear in the stabilize wave of the three-wave crisis model. With this support, business leaders can win back one of their most vital commodities: the space to think and make the right decisions with confidence.

Having a crisis command center is essential to manage logistical and strategic challenges and provide up-to-date, fact-based information to senior leadership and all employees. It will be the role of the crisis command center to ensure all stakeholders, from customers and suppliers to the board, are informed about decisions. If you already have a crisis command center in place, now is a good time to assess its pain points and make adjustments as needed.

Our crisis management solutions can help you maintain control of the various aspects of your crisis response. You’ll be prepared to tackle crises with confidence and clarity, and you will emerge stronger.

Strategize

Emerge stronger, sooner and more resilient

There should always be an eye to the future.

After you've successfully mobilized and stabilized, it's time to strategize for the long-term. The first step is to revisit your crisis response, identifying lessons learned and opportunities for improvement. And the next step is to invest in strengthening your response capabilities—so you're prepared for future events.

Our crisis management team can work with you to assess your preparedness level and identify your long-term goals. We'll help you strategize to emerge from the crisis stronger than before.
In the wake of any crisis, the most successful organizations are those that invested in learning lessons, implementing changes, and leveraging opportunities.

How PwC can help:

In a crisis, companies instinctively go into a reactive state: Whatever comes at you, you try to swat away. But playing defense doesn’t set you up to emerge stronger. Ready Command, PwC’s integrated crisis command center, can help your organization execute a methodical, strategic response, beginning on day one with the implementation of a clear governance structure. As you navigate the crisis, we continuously monitor and assess progress, recommending adjustments accordingly. Ready Command provides the foundation for you to prioritize and address each challenge—and emerge stronger.

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Ryan Murphy

Ryan Murphy

Partner, US Investigations & Forensics Leader, PwC US

Kristin Rivera

Kristin Rivera

Partner, Global Investigations & Forensics Leader, Global Crisis Consulting Leader, PwC US

David Stainback

David Stainback

Partner, US Crisis Consulting Leader, PwC US

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