Facts and figures

Fast 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 77% of the FTSE 100, 49% of the Fortune 500 and 77% of the Nikkei listed companies
  • BSI is one of the world's largest independent certification bodies for management systems, with over 134,000 registered sites across the globe 
  • In 2015, BSI provided practical training for approximately 134,000 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 2018 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.

Useful figures

  • 86,000 clients operating in 193 countries
  • 80 offices in 30 countries
  • 2,700 standards were published last year
  • 4,500 members of BSI staff
  • 13,800 Subscribing Members 
  • 11,394 Committee Members 
  • 7,951 standards projects 
  • 37,000 current British Standards
  • 134,000 business locations certified by BSI
  • 3,395 BSI Kitemark licences
  • 7,026 CE marking certificates
  • Notified Body under 15 European Directives/Regulations