ISO 31000 – Risk Management

  • ISO 31000 is for use by people who create and protect value in organizations
  • Organizations of all types and sizes face external and internal factors and influences that make it uncertain whether they will achieve their objectives
  • Managing risk is iterative and assists organizations in achieving their objectives
  • Managing risk is part of governance and leadership
  • Managing risk is part of all activities associated with an organization and includes interaction with stakeholders.
  • Managing risk considers the external and internal context of the organization, including human behaviour and cultural factors.
  • Managing risk is based on the principles, framework and process outlined in this standard.

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When implemented and maintained  in accordance with this International Standard, the management of risk enables an organization to …

  • increase the likelihood of achieving objectives;
  • encourage proactive management;
  • be aware of the need to identify and treat risk throughout the organization;
  • improve the identification of opportunities and threats;
  • comply with relevant legal and regulatory requirements and international norms;
  • improve mandatory and voluntary reporting;
  • improve governance;
  • improve stakeholder confidence and trust;
  • establish a reliable basis for decision making and planning;

ISO 31000 consists of a vocabulary, a set of principles that support the overarching purpose, a framework for integrating risk management in organisations and a process to use risk management at all levels and for all activities of an organisation.