UK Standards Body BSI Group joins FIA


Source: BSI Group

The British Standards Institution (BSI Group), the National Standards Body (NSB) of the United Kingdom, which works in the areas of standards creation, system certification, supplier verification and training activities that manage risk, reduce costs and ensure sustainability, is the newest company to join Food Industry Asia’s growing network of responsible businesses operating in Asia.

Established in 1901 and incorporated by Royal Charter, BSI was the world’s first NSB. 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.

As the world’s most experienced standards body and founding member of ISO, BSI leads the way in originating many of the world’s most recognised standards, including ISO 9001 Quality Management, ISO 14001 Environmental Management, BS OHSAS 18001 Health & Safety Management, ISO 22301 Business Continuity Management, ISO 27001 Information Security, ISO 50001 Energy Management, ISO 14046 Water Footprint, PAS 7000 Supplier Pre-qualification and BS 10500 Anti-bribery.

Furthermore, BSI offers a variety of second- and third-party Food Safety & Quality certification and training schemes globally, with a strong focus in its 13 represented Asia Pacific countries.

BSI is well-regarded for its depth of experience; specialist focus on standards creation, training and certification; and position as a trusted thought leader and leading global standards creation body. In 2015, the company provided practical training for approximately 113,000 people worldwide, on how to implement and operate standards.

BSI boasts a global network of 76 offices in 30 countries and 128,000 registered sites in 182 countries. Its 80,000 clients account for 75 per cent of the Financial Times Stock Exchange (FTSE) 100 Index companies, 51 per cent of those in the Fortune 500, and 68 per cent of those that are Nikkei-listed.

Mr Todd Redwood, Director – Food, BSI Asia Pacific, said, “BSI is very pleased to partner with FIA, to assist the association and its members in addressing the challenges present and emerging in the food industry, including those relating to the safety, vulnerability, quality and sustainability of our food supply chains within Asia Pacific and the rest of the world. Such offerings are built on the development of harmonised and consensus-driven standards, which BSI leads the world in creating.”

Mr Redwood mentioned the importance of dealing with and anticipating challenging times, and added that BSI works with organisations to nurture their products, processes and people, helping food businesses across the food supply chain become more resilient.

“Using our decades of experience and innovative development in this field, our expert teams can work with you to identify and share the key standards that address your concerns. Best practice is underpinned by embedding the right disciplines within your organisation, which can be achieved through management systems training, certification and verification,” he said.

He added, “Resilient organisations can prosper and thrive – even during challenging times. Building resilience requires careful consideration of your operations, supply chain and how valuable information is managed and protected.”

Mr Matt Kovac, Executive Director at FIA, said, “We are pleased to welcome BSI as the newest FIA member. I look forward to our work together, in pursuing objectives that benefit businesses and consumers in Asia, and am confident of the team’s contribution to our Committees and Working Groups, particularly in the areas of driving safety and security across food supply chains in the region.”