Periods of extended high inflation pose an existential threat to many businesses.  Variables such as contract flexibility for both production inputs and sales, buyer demand volatility, adverse supplier impacts as a result of price increases, along with potential resulting delays in the production cycle all present an interwoven matrix of risks that companies must understand and address in order to survive and prosper.  Inflation is an economic shock that causes prices to increase and often triggers central bankers to engage in mitigation strategies that tend to have downward impacts on consumption and investment.  These shocks can directly impact customer demand and a company’s bottom line.  Added concerns about employee compensation and morale during inflationary times also pose a threat to maintaining operational capacity and retaining institutional knowledge and must be addressed as the entity works to overcome the pressures of rising prices.  Furthermore, companies must forecast and understand possible impacts to their customer-base and adapt operations timely to ensure that they continue to serve customers optimally while minimizing reputational risk as they adjust to the changing environment. 

There are 5 key Business Continuity Planning activities that are relevant and key to ensuring the highest level of preparation and to building organizational resilience during inflationary times. It is recommended all private and public entities undertake the following activities to ensure survival and perhaps even to prosper in these most challenging times:


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