COVID-19 business continuity

To our valued clients and partners

19 March 2020

In light of the global COVID-19 pandemic, I wanted to provide you with an update on our business continuity planning and actions we have taken. The wellbeing of our employees, and our ability to continue to serve you, our clients and partners, remains our top priority. 

Doing the right thing 

We have acted proportionately and responsibly to the developing situation, activating our business continuity plans on a regional basis with oversight from our global leadership team. Although our offices remain accessible, all teams are now effectively working from home as of Monday 16th March, as we continue to do our utmost to protect our employees, their families and the communities in which we work and live. All employees have secure access to our network and as a natural extension of our model of supporting our teams to work flexibly and collaboratively using digital solutions such as video conferencing, we have seen no impact on our ability to maintain business as usual. In addition, we have taken further precautions by restricting all domestic and overseas travel for Martin Currie employees and put protocols in place should anyone feel unwell. Good health and safety practices have also been reinforced. These measures dictate that while our contact with you for the foreseeable future will be no less frequent, it may be via digital means; we hope you understand. Additionally, no Martin Currie employee has been diagnosed with the Coronavirus to date. 

A resilient business 

With nearly 140 years of experience, effective stewardship of our client’s capital remains at the heart of our proposition. Our business continuity plans are a core component of our well-developed resilience framework and cover a wide range of scenarios. They are extensively rehearsed and regionally focussed. In the coming weeks and months, we may experience a reduction in available employees, lose access to our offices and see some disruption at our suppliers but we have planned for this and are confident that we will adjust and operate effectively as we continue to protect our business and your investment with us. As expected, we are also in close contact with our key suppliers and have oversight of their continuity arrangements. 

 Our Resilient Business Committee along with our global leadership team are closely monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak and are in constant communication with our people, providing the most up-to-date and relevant information to keep them safe, in line with advice from government bodies and health officials. We greatly value our partnership with you, and we remain committed to the highest standards of communication and transparency during this extraordinary time and will inform you if there are any operational changes which may impact you. 

We wish you and all of your families the best in this uncertain period ahead. 

 Please reach out to your client relationship contact if you have any questions or concerns.