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Perspectives and Importance of ISO/IEC 27001 Certification in Organizations

Perspectives and Importance of ISO/IEC 27001 Certification in Organizations

November 24, 2023.

The ISO Survey is an annual report published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). This report offers an overview of the number of organizations in different countries and sectors that have obtained certification to various ISO standards. The aim of such certifications is to enhance the quality, efficiency, sustainability, and competitiveness of their operations.

The data presented in the survey reflects the certifications valid as of December 31, 2022. 

 

The data is sourced by certification bodies accredited by members of the International Accreditation Forum (IAF), and given the voluntary nature of their participation, it’s important to note that there may be some annual variations in the results.

 

The report encompasses detailed information regarding the number of certificates issued, identifies countries leading in certificate count, highlights the most widely adopted ISO standards, and presents other pertinent statistics. The tally of ISO certifications extends beyond a mere numerical figure, symbolizing  an elevated awareness among companies. Adherence to management standards is recognized as a strategic approach that enhances competitiveness and bolsters credibility within the industry.

With the continual growth in numbers, management system standards persist in acting as a guiding compass for organizations. They constitute a shared language across industries, enhancing the reliability of products and services. 

Moreover, adherence to these standards ensures compliance with relevant regulations, fostering global competitiveness.

What is happening in America and Europe?

There has been a significant interest in supporting organizations through certifications that ensure the proper functioning of various operational processes and provide a shield in terms of international regulatory compliance. While the standards being discussed today may focus on specific areas of business management, they all share the overarching goal of enhancing efficiency, quality, and safety within organizations.

 

Through the integrated implementation of these standards, an organization can attain more comprehensive and effective management. This approach enables the simultaneous addressing of key aspects such as quality, anti-bribery measures, business continuity, and information security. This integrated strategy enhances overall organizational resilience and performance.

Regarding ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management, Germany experienced a decrease of -4%. In contrast, the USA and Great Britain witnessed notable growth, with increases of 39% and 63%, respectively (as illustrated in the graph below).

Regarding the ISO/IEC 27001:2013 Information Security Standard, the scenario is somewhat different, especially when compared to the positioning with respect to the Quality standard, given its natural seniority of 18 years over the latter. The numbers differ, but they indicate significant growth in its implementation across organizations.

For instance, in the case of the USA, while the number of certifications may not be the highest, it has shown a remarkable growth percentage of 78%. Following closely is Great Britain with a growth of 74%. This percentage is indicative of the surge in certifications in 2022 compared to the two preceding years, underscoring the heightened interest within the business community to enhance protocols related to this crucial certification.

On the flip side, we can also observe the case of other significant certifications within the organizational landscape, such as ISO 37001:2016 for Anti-bribery and ISO 22301:2012 for Business Continuity. These certifications play crucial roles in reinforcing ethical practices and ensuring resilience in business operations, respectively.

 

In the realm of Anti-Bribery Management Systems, Mexico leads with the highest number of certifications, experiencing an impressive growth rate of 49%, while Germany, in contrast, reports only 8 certificates. 

Directing our attention to the ISO 22301:2012 standard on Business Continuity, it is noteworthy for featuring relatively lower figures. Amid the pandemic, countries such as the United States, Spain, and Mexico witnessed a substantial decline. However, by 2022, there was a clear correction with evident growth percentages, such as Spain’s remarkable 74%.

This underscores the significance of adaptability and resilience in business practices, especially during challenging times.

ISO certification plays a pivotal role in the development and growth of organizations in the Americas and Europe for several reasons:

 

Quality and efficiency: This assists companies in establishing robust processes that guarantee customer satisfaction and continuous improvement. This is particularly crucial in a region where competition is intense, and quality serves as a key differentiator.

Access to international markets: ISO certification is frequently a prerequisite for entering international markets. This is especially pertinent for Latin American exports, as many companies aim to expand their operations beyond regional borders.

Legal and regulatory requirements: In numerous Latin American countries, ISO standards are supported by laws and regulations. Adhering to these standards is essential to prevent sanctions and sustain the license to operate.

 

Organizations in the Americas and Europe are increasingly acknowledging the advantages of ISO certification, ranging from quality enhancement to bolstering global competitiveness.

 


Access the complete survey here.