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 an independent survey of 1,000 UK adults in March 2015 showed that almost two-thirds of consumers believe the Kitemark is an indication of quality and associate it with rigour; products and services that are tried and tested. The first Kitemark was awarded to General Electric for Vitreous Enamelled Steel Reflectors for Lighting Fittings.
  • Together our clients account for 75% of the FTSE 100, 51% of the Fortune 500 and 68% of the Nikkei listed companies.
  • BSI is one of the world's largest independent certification bodies for management systems, with over 128,000 registered sites across the globe. 
  • In 2015, BSI provided practical training for approximately 113,000 people worldwide on how to implement and operate standards.
  • 2015 research by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) showed that standards contribute towards £8.2 billion of UK GDP growth.
  • 24 out of the top 25 global medical device manufacturers use BSI Medical Services
  • BSI has been independently voted a UK Business Superbrand every year from 2003 to 2016 and its Kitemark from 2008 to 2016.
  • The quality management systems standard, ISO 9001 – which started life at BSI in 1979 as BS 5750 – is now recognized as the world's most successful standard having been adopted by more than one million organizations 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.
  • BSI published the first standard on Organizational Resilience (BS 65000:2014)) to provide guidance on how to be able to anticipate, prepare for, respond and adapt to incremental change and sudden disruptions in order to survive and prosper.

BSI facts and stats 2016

Useful figures

  • 80,000 clients operating in 182 countries
  • 76 offices in 30 countries
  • 2,890 standards were published last year
  • 3,500 members of BSI staff
  • 13,943 Subscribing Members
  • 11,337 Committee Members
  • 7,538 standards projects
  • 37,384 current British Standards
  • 128,000 business locations certified by BSI
  • 3,395 BSI Kitemark licences
  • 7,063 CE marking certificates
  • 13 Notified Body status (under European Directives/Regulations)