Working arrangements during COVID-19 pandemic

Last updated 10/11/21

After a long period of working remotely as a precautionary measure following the outbreak of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the IOPC Funds Secretariat has returned to working from the Funds offices.

In light of the gradual improvement to the situation in the United Kingdom, the lifting of restrictions and the re-opening of the IMO building to its full capacity, in September 2021, members of the Secretariat returned to work from the IOPC Funds offices, and this is now once again the primary working modality of the organisation.  However, with the aim of further supporting and accommodating staff members’ needs to enable a better work-life balance, and given the success of working from home during the pandemic, under a revised Working from Home Policy, staff are now able to work from home for two days per week.

Whether at the office or working from home, staff remain contactable via their usual email addresses and contact numbers.  In the case of any doubt or for general enquiries, it is recommended that the email address info@iopcfunds.org is used.   Please rest assured that all messages will be received and responded to at the earliest opportunity.

Working arrangements for the meetings of the IOPC Funds’ governing bodies

While the pandemic has been ongoing, the IOPC Funds has held four remote meetings in December 2020, March 2021, July 2021 and November 2021.

Whilst the November 2021 meeting was also held via the KUDO platform as at previous meetings, due to the lifting of restrictions in the United Kingdom, delegations were permitted to attend the meeting in person for the first time since 2019, and a number of representatives joined the Director and Chairs to follow discussions from the main conference hall.  The election of the next Director of the IOPC Funds also took place in person, by roll call during dedicated private meetings.

The next meeting of the IOPC Funds is due to take place during the week of 28 March 2022.  A circular containing the invitation, confirming the format of the meeting, as well as the provisional agenda will be issued nearer the time.

Thank you for your understanding and patience during these exceptional circumstances.