BSI awards business continuity first to Japanese IT services giant Fujitsu

Press release - 19 May 2008

BSI Management Systems Japan has just issued its first BS 25999 certificate to Fujitsu Limited and Fujitsu FSAS Inc for their maintenance services business dealing with customer information infrastructures.

Fujitsu Group is the world's third largest IT services provider, and includes among its customers half the Fortune Global 500. The company has been committed to engagement on Business Continuity Management (BCM) for a number of years. This comes about partly because the Japanese government is now looking for its leading companies to be prepared to deal with natural disasters such as earthquakes and infectious diseases. Additionally, Fujitsu is a recognized IT industry leader in corporate responsibility, with listings on both the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and the FTSE4Good Index. As such, Fujitsu understands its BCM responsibility extends across not only its own operations but those of its clients, many of whom provide socially important services infrastructures in utility companies, banking and hospitals.

BS 25999 success

BS 25999 specifies the ability of an organization to deal with threats to business continuity and to minimize the impact of business interruptions when disasters and crises hit. Attaining certification demonstrates that an organization meets the specified requirements of the standard and is practising robust BCM.

BS 25999 certification has become popular on a global scale since BSI Management Systems UK issued the first certifications to TDG plc and SunGard Availability Services (UK) Limited last November. Currently, BSI Management Systems is scheduled to conduct assessments on about two hundred companies of whom several dozen are in Japan. Certifications have been also been awarded in India, Brazil and Korea.

Comments Tomoyuki Suzuki, Marketing Director of BSI Management Systems Japan: “We are very pleased to have worked with Fujitsu on this important first BS 25999 audit in Japan since they are such a globally influential Japanese company with a sophisticated approach to BCM in place. BS 25999 is set to become very popular in Japan where there is a great deal of focus on Business Continuity Management.”