Properly considering and planning for the increasing list of threats facing organizations can help mitigate damage to people, property, and reputations. Risk managers are responsible for preparing their organizations to weather a crisis – to ensure their businesses remain viable, to mitigate against loss of market share. The stakes are incredibly high and risk managers need a framework to process operational threats of a complex world. That framework is Business Continuity Management (BCM) and can enhance an organization’s financial performance. This report explores the foundational elements of BCM, how organizations can understand their level of BCM maturity, what it takes to develop a business continuity plan, why a continuity blueprint is an essential part of risk management and how to implement a BCM strategy that can produce a return on investment.