New report outlines how standards support risk management and add business value

BSI, the business standards company, has produced a report examining how standards support risk managers. Written in conjunction with Airmic – the UK association for risk and insurance professionals – the report describes what standards are and how they are developed. In particular, it highlights how standards can support risk management in organizations.

Howard Kerr, Chief Executive of BSI, said: “We know from research that standards make a significant, positive contribution to the success of UK companies. For example: increasing productivity, facilitating innovation, enhancing the quality of products and efficiency of processes, and promoting international trade.”

The recent publication of the revised international standard for risk management, ISO 31000:2018 Risk management: guidelines, “encouraged Airmic to step back and reflect on how standards can help organizations to excel and how they can support risk managers”, according to Julia Graham, Deputy CEO and Technical Director at Airmic.

The report: Standards: supporting risk management and adding business value will be launched at Airmic’s annual conference being held in Liverpool in June. At the heart of the report is a wide ranging conversation between two experienced risk management practitioners who describe their experience of using standards to support risk management within business, concluding that they help give organizations “systems and frameworks” and can contribute to good enterprise risk management and the success of the business.

Other contributions from the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) and the Independent International Organisation for Certification (IIOC) underline how accredited certification, inspection, testing or measurement services based on standards, can support brokers and underwriters in their management and assessment of risk – as well as giving consumers the assurance that a product or service delivered meets a certain level of quality and satisfies any legal requirement.

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