Business Continuity management has traditionally been associated with large enterprises and public sector organisations. Now however, organisations of all sizes are making sure that they are both resilient and prepared to get back to business in the face of an ever changing and challenging landscape.
Whilst it is now an essential requirement for every organisation, Business Continuity Management brings challenges, especially to those who are implementing a BCMS (Business Continuity Management System) for the first time.
Business Continuity Management must be a board level responsibility and business continuity planning needs to be business-led. These statements are supported by BS 25999, the Business Continuity Management Standard, which was launched in 2006.
Business Continuity Management is a business-owned, business-driven process that establishes a fit-for-purpose strategic and operational framework that:
proactively improves an organisation’s resilience against the disruption of its ability to achieve its key objectives;
provides a rehearsed method of restoring an organisation’s ability to supply its key products and services to an agreed level within an agreed time after a disruption; and
delivers a proven capability to manage a business disruption and protect the organisation’s reputation and brand
ISO 22301 comprises two parts:
Part 1, the Code of Practice, provides BCM best practice recommendations. Please note that 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 use to demonstrate compliance via an auditing and certification process.
BSCIC brings in its Expert Business Continuity Assessors for ISO 22301 independent third-party Certification. Being independently certified to the ISO 22301 Part 2 by BSCIC is an ultimate assurance to your stakeholders that you comply with BCM best practice.