How to write an ISO 22301-compliant business continuity policy

ISO 22301 certification requires organisations to prove their compliance with the standard with appropriate documentation, including a business continuity policy.

Key elements of a business continuity policy

Clause 5.3 of the Standard states that organisations must “establish a business continuity policy”.

The policy needs to reflect your organisation’s view on business continuity and must:

  • Be appropriate to the purpose of the organisation;
  • Provide the framework for setting business continuity objectives;
  • Include a commitment to satisfy applicable legal, regulatory or contractual business continuity management (BCM) requirements; and
  • Contain a commitment to continually improve your business continuity management system (BCMS).

The business continuity policy needs to be communicated within your organisation and be available to any interested parties as documented information. It also needs to be reviewed at defined intervals and when significant changes occur.

Help creating a business continuity policy template

The business continuity policy is one of the most important documents in your BCMS.

However, knowing where to start when compiling it can be difficult, especially in large or complex organisations where there may be many business continuity objectives and requirements.

Below is an example of a customisable business continuity policy template extracted from the bestselling ISO 22301 BCMS Documentation Toolkit.

Example of the business continuity policy template included in the ISO 22301 BCMS Documentation Toolkit, with author comments providing instructions on how to complete the template.

Example of the business continuity policy template included in the ISO 22301 BCMS Documentation Toolkit, with author comments providing instructions on how to complete the template.

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