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Houses of Parliament achieves business continuity management certification

As part of its commitment to ensure there is a robust business continuity management system in place, the UK Houses of Parliament has gained certification to ISO 22301, the international business continuity management system standard.

The Houses of Parliament recognized that effective business continuity management was vital to achieving their strategic goals and operational resilience. By implementing ISO 22301 as a best practice framework they were able to better identify and manage current and future threats and take a proactive approach to minimizing the impact of incidents. If an unforeseen incident occurred, the two Houses of parliament needed to be resilient enough as an organization to respond to the incident in order to protect staff, it’s environment and the services it provides; minimize disruption to Parliamentary business and recover from the incident and return to normality as quickly as possible.

Being a UN World Heritage site and icon of national identity was just one of the unique challenges for the design of its business continuity management system. Other factors the organization had to consider included the importance of the political dynamic; the traditions and rules of procedure that provide the basis for ‘business as usual’ activities and the dual nature of Parliament and its decision making processes.

Martin Fenlon, the business resilience coordinator for the Houses of Parliament commented: “We have a responsibility to ensure Parliament can sit and be seen to be sitting as and when required. In order to deliver this we needed to develop a business continuity management capability. As a confident, competent organization we wanted to follow industry best practice, which is why we pursued certification to ISO 22301.

“During the assessment process we worked with BSI [(British Standards Institution] to identify opportunities for improvement as well as affirming areas of good practice. The building blocks are now in place for an effective business continuity management system; however the next step is to embed our business resilience arrangements in a changing business environment.”

Source: www.bsigroup.com

•Date: 20th November 2014 • UK •Type: Article • Topic: BC standards

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