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ISO 22301 Business Continuity

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What is Business Continuity Management?

"81 per cent of managers whose organizations activated their business continuity arrangements in the last 12 months say that it was effective in reducing disruption. In summary: business continuity works."

Winter weather, IT outage or industrial action are the disruptions that make headline news. But disruption also includes staff illness or events that affect your supply chain.

Business Continuity Management provides a framework that allows you to identify potential threats to your organization and build capability. This means you can respond to threats and safeguard the interests of key stakeholders, reputation, brand and value-adding activities.

ISO 22301 provides a formal business continuity framework and will help you to develop a business continuity plan that will keep your business running during and following a disruption. It will also minimize the impact so you can resume normal service quickly, ensuring key services and products are still delivered.

If disruption is not an option for your business, adopting the international business continuity standard, ISO 22301 is the first step towards a best practice approach.

What is ISO 22301?

ISO 22301 is the new international standard for business continuity management. It has been created in response to strong international interest in the original British Standard BS 25999-2 and other regional standards. And if you meet the requirements to gain certification, your organization will be recognized globally.

ISO 22301 identifies the fundamentals of a business continuity management system, establishing the process, principles and terminology of business continuity management.

It provides a basis for understanding, developing and implementing business continuity within your organization and gives you confidence in business-to-business and business-to customer dealings. Use it to assure key stakeholders that your business is fully prepared and you can meet internal, regulatory and customer requirements.

The standard provides organizations with a framework to ensure that they can continue operating during the most challenging and unexpected circumstances – protecting their staff, preserving their reputation and providing the ability to continue to operate and trade.

Why should I choose ISO 22301?

To prove that your organization can continue to operate, even in the face of disruption. A business continuity management system (BCMS) and aligned to ISO 22301 is suitable for any organization of any size across all industries, from public to private, manufacturing and service. And it provides a common language for global organizations, especially those with long and complex supply chains.

And the standard is particularly relevant for organizations operating in high risk environments where the ability to continue operating is paramount for business, customers and stakeholders – this includes utilities, finance, telecommunications, transport and the public sector.

It will enable you to:

  • Establish, implement, maintain and improve your BCMS.
  • Meet the requirements of your business continuity policy.
  • Give key stakeholders confidence in your conformity and commitment to internationally recognized best practice.
  • Achieve BSI certification/registration of your BCMS.

The standard

ISO 22301:2012 Societal security – Business continuity management systems – Requirements provides the requirements for a Business Continuity Management System (BCMS) based on BCM best practice.

You can use the standard to demonstrate compliance via an auditing and certification process.

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