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ISO/IEC 22301 The international standard for Business Continuity Management

ISO/IEC 22301 (also known as ISO 22301) is the international standard for Business Continuity Management Systems (BCMS).

By creating a BCMS compliant with ISO 22301, organizations can ensure that they are best prepared for a disruptive incident, can continue trading, and can return to business as quickly as possible. The standard can be applied to organizations of any size, location, or type.

You can order your copy of ISO 22301 with ISO 22313, which provides guidance on implementing a BCMS, here >>

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Why implement ISO 22301?

Statistics indicate that 80% of organizations that are faced with significant disruption, and that do not have adequate and appropriate plans in place to ensure business continuity, do not survive the event. Business risks are increasing daily, as are the consequences of incidents and interruptions. If disaster were to strike, would your organization be able to continue operating?

To minimize the impact of a disaster on your business, and to continue to provide essential services to your customers, you need to put in place a Business Continuity Management System (BCMS). ISO 22301 is the internationally recognized best-practice standard for Business Continuity Management Systems and is the best way of making sure your systems are prepared to survive a disruptive incident.

Operational resilience is a key concern for many when choosing partners and suppliers, and many companies lose revenue through their lack of preparation. Implementing an ISO 22301-compliant BCMS will allow your organization to demonstrate to its employees, customers, suppliers, and stockholders that it is fully prepared for any disruptive incident that might otherwise affect its key organizational goals.

ISO 22301 and BS 25999

ISO 22301 was launched in May 2012, superseding BS 25999-2, the British Standard for Business Continuity Management Systems (BCMS). All organizations already registered to BS 25999 are required to transition to ISO 22301.

As with many other international standards, ISO 22301 is structured around the Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) cycle, allowing for enhanced organizational learning and continual improvement.

ISO 22301 resources

Our dedicated ISO 22301 store carries all the resources you need to ensure your organization’s business resilience, including standards, toolkits, books, and training courses.

The Standard

The complementary standard, ISO 22313, provides guidance on implementing a BCMS and can be bought with ISO 22301 in the ISO 22301 Business Continuity Standards Kit.

Pocket Guide

Our ISO 22301 Pocket Guide is a concise, practical, and authoritative introductory guide to ISO 22301 and provides expert advice on:

  • planning and managing a BCMS project
  • securing your license to operate
  • using ISO 22301 to obtain and retain a competitive advantage
  • satisfying corporate governance concerns.

Further ISO 22301 resources

  • A Manager's Guide to ISO 22301 shows you how to develop and implement a business continuity management (BCM) and disaster recovery plan, using detailed illustrative examples.
  • Everything you wanted to know about Business Continuity is a comprehensive guide to effective BCM, which will show you how to develop a modern response to the operational risk landscape and how to prepare your organization for interruptions to your key activities, minimizing the impact on your bottom line, reputation, and credibility.
  • The ISO 22301 BCMS Implementation Toolkit contains all the templates and tools that enable a Business Continuity manager to implement a BCMS in line with ISO 22301 quickly and effectively.

Find out more about our ISO 22301 business continuity solutions.