ISO 22301 is the internationally accepted management system standard for Business Continuity Management. The standard is well recognised across the world. An ISO 22301 certification demonstrates that an organisation has a practical framework in place for managing an effective business continuity programme. The purpose of the certification is to safegaurd an organisation from a wide range of threats and disruption.
The framework of ISO 22301 helps minimise the effect of a disruption to the organisation whilst reducing the financial loss. The certification demonstrates confidence to the business, its employees and suppliers that a robust plan is in place to mitigate disruption.
ISO 22301 looks beyond dealing with emergency and considers what it will take to get the business recovered within an agreed timescale. With this clear focus, the stakeholders can be assured of a positive outcome to the business and be operational with minimum disruption.
Benefits of ISO 22301 certification
ISO 22301 Certification Process
Designing your Framework
Our implementation approach is shaped by pragmatism and years of experience in business continuity – we focus on what is required to manage the Business Continuity Mangagement System (BCMS) within your organisation, with ISO 22301 certification being a by-product of the implementation process rather than the main goal.
The BCMS must work for you as an organisation, otherwise it just becomes another drain on already limited resource. Our approach focuses on realising the true business benefits of the management system, whilst minimising any unnecessary bureaucracy and overheads. Once you have achieved ISO 22301 certification, we also provide services and support to help you maintain and improve your BCMS year-on-year so it grows as you grow.
Maintaining the capability to performing your own ISO 22301 internal audits is often resource-intensive and typically places additional pressure on staff that have been allocated as internal auditors, especially if this is not their only role in the business. Engaging an external business continuity consultancy for your internal audits addresses this challenge, and you gain the expertise of seasoned information security experts to really drive continuous improvement and compliance within your BCMS.
Many organisations start small with ISO 22301 by only including specific areas in the scope of the management system. However, business needs, external commercial factors and ever-evolving threats often lead to a requirement to extend the scope of the BCMS to cover other areas of the business. Each scope extension maybe a small project in its own right. Our business continuity consultants will work with you to plan and execute your scope extension.