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Are business continuity managers using the ISO 22316 organizational resilience standard? A Continuity Central survey aims to find out: and the interim results are now available.


Continuity Central is currently conducting an online survey looking at the ISO 22316 organizational resilience standard and asking whether business continuity managers are using the ISO 22316 organizational resilience standard? Has ISO 22316 started an increase in the uptake of organizational resilience, or is it simply a damp squib?

Interim results

The survey remains open, but the results so far are as follows:

Question: Are you aware of the ISO 22316 organizational resilience standard?

So far, 76.67 percent of respondents say that they were aware of ISO 22316. 23.33 percent were not aware of it.

Question: Have you read ISO 22316?

Although three-quarters of respondents are aware of the ISO 22316 standard, only a third have read it fully. A further 25 percent have partially read it.

Question: What is the overall quality of the ISO 22316 standard?

Respondents so far are not overly impressed with ISO 22316. Asked to give it a grade out of five, with 1 being low quality and 5 being high quality, the interim results are as follows

  • 1/5: 12.82 percent
  • 2/5: 20.51 percent
  • 3/5: 38.46 percent
  • 4/5: 20.51 percent
  • 5/5: 7.69 percent.

Question: How easy was it to understand the ISO 22316 standard?

Again, respondents were asked to use a one (hard) to five (easy) scale to grade how easily they could understand ISO 22316. The results so far are:

  • 1/5: 2.63 percent
  • 2/5: 13.16 percent
  • 3/5: 31.58 percent
  • 4/5: 34.21 percent
  • 5/5: 18.42 percent.

Question: After reading the ISO 22316 standard did you understand how you could practically implement it in your organization?

Using the grading scale, with one standing for ‘Not at all’ and five standing for ‘Yes, definitely’, respondents were asked to rate whether they felt that they could implement ISO 22316 in their organization. Only just over a quarter of respondents are confident that they would be able to do so. Responses are:

  • 1/5: 15.79 percent
  • 2/5: 7.89 percent
  • 3/5: 50 percent
  • 4/5: 15.79 percent
  • 5/5: 10.53 percent.

Question: When it comes to organizational resilience in general, what is your organizational attitude…

It appears that organizational resilience is starting to gain some ground. Respondents so far say:

  • We have not considered implementing organizational resilience and have no plans to do so: 17.54 percent
  • We have considered implementing organizational resilience and decided not to implement it: 7.02 percent
  • We have considered implementing organizational resilience and are implementing some aspects of it: 40.35 percent
  • We have considered implementing organizational resilience and are in the process of fully implementing it: 17.54 percent
  • We have already fully implemented an organizational resilience program: 17.54 percent.

The survey will remain open until mid-March. Please take part at:

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