Facts and figures

  •   84,000 clients operating in 193 countries
  •   90 offices in 31 countries
  • 3,100 standards were published last year
  • 4,600 members of BSI staff
  • Over 15,000 Subscribing Members
  • 12,200 Committee Members
  • 7,951 standards projects
  • 63,000 current or draft standards available on BSOL
  • 33,000 current British Standards
  • 232,000 audit days in last 12 months
  • 200,000 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 83% of the FTSE 100, 53% of the Fortune 500 and 81% 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.