Our History

We’ve been helping organizations to improve ever since the designer of London’s Tower Bridge called our first meeting.

UK National Standards Body

We were the world’s first national standards body and we remain a leading global standards maker.

Our People

Our people not only understand the challenges your business faces, they also have the skills to recognize where excellence can be achieved and transferred to your employees.

About BSI

BSI is the business standards company that helps organizations all over the world make excellence a habit. For more than a century we have been challenging mediocrity and complacency to help embed excellence into the way people and products work. That means showing businesses how to improve performance, reduce risk and achieve sustainable growth. As a global leader in helping organizations improve, our clients range from high profile brands to small, local companies in 182 countries worldwide.

Our global strength is built on the experience, skills and sheer enthusiasm of our tutors, client managers and senior business leaders. And they all understand how to make excellence a habit.

In 182 countries, at more than 128,000 sites, we work with thousands of organizations, from the world's largest and most successful brands to local small businesses. Read their stories and find out how you too can benefit.

We have many varied partners. These include international standards bodies, such as ISO, external consultants who help our clients and professional affiliations. 

We work with 10,000 committee members who help us shape best practice codes and standards. And our subscribing members benefit from this work with their commitment to achieving standards of excellence. 

Our role as the UK National Standards Body reaches across the international standards community. You can get involved by helping to develop standards relevant to your industry, commenting on draft standards or becoming a consumer representative.

We were awarded our Royal Charter in 1929. It sets out what we do and why we do it – allowing us to be transparent about our purpose. 

We’re transparent about the way we run our business and we follow best practice when it comes to corporate governance. Our board is made up of predominantly non-executive directors who bring wide experience and independence.

Our entire aim is to make excellence a habit for organizations globally – and we take that aim very seriously for our own organization. That’s why we’re committed to the highest ethical standards.

Have a look at our recent annual reports to see how and why our revenue and profits are increasing as more and more organizations recognize the value of working with us.. 

We were there at the birth of the standards movement and have helped shape it ever since, driving businesses globally to perform to the best of their ability. 

We have been assessed against internationally recognized standards and operate to the highest levels of quality and service. We are accredited by 20 local and international bodies.