ISO 22301 Business Continuity
The ISO 22301 Business Continuity standard outlines requirements for setting up and managing an effective a Business Continuity Management System (BCMS)
This is a rapidly emerging standard and the expected take-up of certification within the supply chain will mean that companies will need to implement ISO 22301 business continuity plans much quicker than expected or else face losing business to their competitors.
The business world has become increasingly aware of the need for business continuity following a number of natural disasters and the ever present threat of terrorism
Recent flooding incidents have focused minds that the supply chain needs to have disaster planning and plans in place to prevent long term disruption to supply of goods and services.
ISO 22301 provides the framework to undertake risk assessment and implement contingency plans to reduce or eliminate mass disruption to business. Whether the disaster be caused by fire flood or even terrorism.
Who is it relevant to?
ISO 22301 business continuity is suitable for any organisation, from any sector whether large or small. It is particularly relevant for organisations that operate in high risk environments such as finance, telecommunications, transport and the public sector.
ISO 22301 is published in two parts:
Part 1: the Code of Practice, provides BCM best practice recommendations. This is a guidance document only.
Part 2: the Specification, provides the requirements for a Business Continuity Management System (BCMS) based on BCM best practice. This is the part of the standard that you can be assessed against.
Assessing, planning and testing your contingency plans will reduce the impact of any potential disruption to working practices and service/product delivery. And should the worst happen, a good Business Continuity Management System will aid effective and prompt recovery afterwards, so helping protect market share, reputation and brand. An effective Business Continuity Management System will provide:
- increased resilience when faced with organisational threat
- improved competence to maintain critical business services through action plan rehearsal
- prove to customers that you are able to recover from any eventuality
- securing your supply chain
- enhancing your corporate governance regime
- secure cash flow just when it’s needed the most
How can we help your business?
We have experienced consultants who have been involved in Business Continuity Management for several years and have worked with some large organisations to achieve effective management of risk including assisting well known Certification Bodies gain UKAS approval for certification.
We will help to develop and implement a structured Business Continuity Management system to help minimise risk and so the chance of disruption to your organisation.
- Undertake a gap analysis
- Provide guidance in business continuity
- Perform risk assessment to identify risks and control measures
- Develop policies, procedures and plans to minimise disruption to your business
- Assist with the external certification process
- Provide on-going support
- BS 25777 ICT continuity management – Code of practice
BS 25777 will help your organisation plan and implement an ICT continuity strategy. ICT continuity management supports the overall business continuity management (BCM) process of an organisation. BCM ensures that your organization’s processes are protected from disruption and is able to respond positively and effectively when disruption occurs.
Disruption to ICT can therefore be a huge risk and can damage your organisation’s ability to operate and undermine its reputation. The consequences of a disruptive incident vary and can be far-reaching, and might not be immediately obvious at the time. So how would you cope?
Contact us to find out how we can help protect your business.
Download ISO 23001 fact sheet here.