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.