Fast facts and figures

  • 86,000 clients operating in 193 countries
  • 90 offices in 31 countries
  • 2,700 standards were published last year
  • 4,500 members of BSI staff
  • 13,800 Subscribing Members
  • 11,871 Committee Members
  • 7,951 standards projects
  • 59,000 current or draft standards available on BSOL
  • 37,000 current British Standards
  • 227,000 audit days in last 12 months
  • 150,000 delegates trained in last 12 months
  • Notified Body under 15 European Directives/Regulations
    • 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 75% of the FTSE 100, 49% of the Fortune 500 and 77% of the Nikkei listed companies
    • In 2017, BSI provided practical training for approximately 150,000 people worldwide on how to implement and operate standards
    • BSI has been independently voted a UK Business Superbrand every year from 2003 to 2018 and its Kitemark from 2008 to 2016
    • 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
    • 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 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.