Our response to COVID-19 and commitment to you
16 March 2020
As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread across the globe, I want to take a moment to let you know what BDO in UAE is doing to respond to this public health emergency.
First and foremost, BDO in UAE’s number one priority is the safety and well-being of our people, clients, families, and the communities in which we live and work.
We’ve assembled a cross-disciplinary team, working with our Crisis Management and Business Continuity team, to monitor the COVID-19 public health emergency and to put measures in place that help ensure both safety for our people and business continuity for our clients.
We are assessing the situation daily, remaining vigilant, and following all recommendations from the World Health Organization (WHO) and local authorities in the UAE.
BDO in UAE continues to develop, update and share guidance with our professionals so they are fully informed on how to protect themselves, their families and their clients against transmission of the virus.
Please be assured that while we remain focused on the health and safety of our professionals and those around us, we also are focused on continued service to our clients. We have taken steps to make sure we can continue to deliver the level of quality and timeliness you are accustomed to from us during these unique circumstances. We have encouraged our people to avoid all non-essential face to face meetings within the firm and with our clients. Our people will be using available technology (Microsoft Teams, Skype for Business and BDO Global Portal, wherever possible) to communicate effectively and share information efficiently during this period.
BDO in UAE has long been committed to a flexible workplace, and we have the technological, cultural and operational infrastructure for the organization to work virtually, should the need arise. Additionally, we have put into place policies that require all guests at BDO in UAE offices to confirm that they do not pose a risk to others, based on certain criteria.
As we navigate this time of uncertainty together, I want to reaffirm BDO’s core purpose: people helping people achieving their dreams, every day. I hope that you and your loved ones are well, and we are here if you need us.