Governance and Resilience
Resilience is a concept that is increasingly central to leadership thinking in organizations of all types and sizes. Resilience is about ensuring that an organization has the flexibility and resources to navigate challenges and make the most of opportunities, with strategic thinking that stretches into the long term.
ISO/TC 309 will make a significant contribution to the field of governance this year. A working group has produced standards touching on communications and engagement, strategic business plans, whistleblowing, anti-bribery management systems, compliance management systems and guidance for the governance of organizations. This guidance will help organizations to make the necessary changes to become or remain resilient.
There will also be a new standard setting out guidelines for auditing management systems, BS EN ISO 19011. This will look at the principles of auditing, managing an audit programme and conducting management system audits as well as the evaluation of competence of individuals involved in the audit process. A further standard, BS EN ISO 9004 on quality management, will give guidance on how organizations can achieve sustained success.
Another particularly topical issue is the ageing demographic and what this means for our societies. By 2050 it is expected that many countries will be 'super-aged', with over 21% of the population aged over 65; by 2030 the number of people in the world aged over 60 years will grow by 56%. A strategic advisory group led by BSI has been investigating how standards can help with challenging areas such as providing care to the elderly, assistive technology, enabling communities and integrated information management. ISO/TC 314 will provide guidance on the transition to an ageing society.
There will also be a new standard on health and safety in 2018, ISO 45001, relating to occupational health and safety management. Each day more than 7,600 people die around the world from work-related accidents or diseases: 2.78 million people per year. This standard aims at helping to improve employee safety, reduce workplace risks and create better, safer working conditions around the world. It integrates with other generic management systems such as ISO 14001 and ISO 9001. It also takes the International Labour Organization's ILO-OSH Guidelines into account.