Facts and figures

  • Established in 1901, BSI was the world’s first national standards body.
  • The original BSI committee met for the first time on the day Queen Victoria died – 22 January 1901.   One of the first standards it went on to publish was designed to reduce the number of sizes of tramway rails.
  • BSI’s Kitemark® has provided reassurance for over 100 years, and a GfK NOP survey of 1,000 UK adults in December 2010 showed that 72% recognise the BSI Kitemark® and associate it with safe and reliable products and services. The first Kitemark® was awarded to General Electric for Vitreous Enamelled Steel Reflectors for Lighting Fittings.
  • Together our clients account for 78% of the FTSE 100, 53% of the Nikkei, and 44% of both the Fortune 500 and Hang Seng listed companies.
  • BSI is one of the world’s largest independent certification bodies for management systems, with over 70,000 registered sites across the globe.
  • In 2011, BSI provided practical training for approximately 66,000 people worldwide on how to implement and operate standards.  
  • The former UK Department of Trade and Industry (now known as the UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) quantified standards as contributing £2.5bn annually to the UK economy.
  • Of the world’s top 25 global medical device manufacturers, 23 choose BSI as their Notified Body for CE marking certification against the EU directives.
  • BSI has been independently voted a UK Business Superbrand every year from 2003 to 2012 and its Kitemark® from 2008 to 2012.
  • Entropy Software is used at over 15,000 locations and by more than 100,000 users to improve their management systems practices.
  • The quality management systems standard, ISO 9001 – which started life at BSI in 1979 as BS 5750 – is now recognised as the world’s most successful standard having been adopted by more than one million organisations in 178 countries.
  • BSI developed a sustainable events standard (ISO 20121) for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games; the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) was the first of its type to achieve certification.

Useful figures

  • 2,591 members of BSI staff
  • Operating in 150 countries
  • 14,909 Subscribing Members
  • 9, 548 Committee Members
  • 7,145 standards projects
  • 34,634 current British Standards
  • 102,390 British Standards publications sold
  • 69,782 business locations certified by BSI
  • 25,038 business locations certified by BSI in Asia
  • Ranked 1st in North American and UK certification markets
  • 3,682 Kitemark licences
  • 7,424 CE marking certificates
  • 18 Notified Body status (under European Directives)