HSBC prepares for flu pandemic


Bob Piggott, head of group crisis management at HSBC, says half of its staff could fall ill or be absent from work during such a crisis. "I would rather be prepared for the worst, even if this is over-estimating the numbers of people effected," he says. This figure of 50% contrasts with the UK government's estimate that there would be an estimated 8% drop in productivity as a result of such a pandemic.

HSBC has devised plans in the wake of any such epidemic with a strategy to allow for incre