ISO 31000 Risk Management System Certification – Principles & Guidelines

The ISO 31000 risk management system has been developed in order to help organisations identify and minimize risk. It includes coordinated activities to direct and control an organization with regard to risk. It also involves a methodical application of management policies, procedures and practices to the activities of communicating, consulting, establishing the context, and identifying, analysing, evaluating, treating, monitoring and reviewing risk.

This certification is a standard in business operation for risk management. Your certificate to ISO 31000 from Sustainable Certification™ will demonstrate to your stakeholders that you are serious about risk management in your organisation.

Eleven principles are identified that can be assessed and verified to demonstrate an organization’s compliance. Together, they form the foundation for an effective risk management practice:

  1. Principle 1: Risk management creates and protects value
  2. Principle 2: Risk management is an integral part of the organizational procedure
  3. Principle 3: Risk management is part of decision making
  4. Principle 4: Risk management explicitly addresses uncertainty
  5. Principle 5: Risk management is systematic, structured and timely
  6. Principle 6: Risk management is based on the best available information
  7. Principle 7: Risk management is tailored
  8. Principle 8: Risk management takes human and cultural factors into account
  9. Principle 9: Risk management is transparent and inclusive
  10. Principle 10: Risk management is dynamic, iterative and responsive to change
  11. Principle 11: Risk management facilitates continual improvement and enhancement of the organization

Verification requires second party audits or verification and independent review.

The Process



We review your existing management systems in relation to requirements of the relevant standards for certification.


Stage 1 Audit

A review of your management system(s) documentation is undertaken as the first step in the certification process.


Certification Audit

The Certification Audit is conducted on site to verify that you have implemented the management system across your organisation.


Years 2 & 3: Certification Maintenance

We will conduct an annual Surveillance Audit to check the ongoing implementation of management systems across your organisation.

Benefits of a risk management certification

With the ISO 31000 standard, you can

Standardizes the risk assessment methodology of an organization throughout their business operations.

Develops a consistent approach to risk management for all stakeholders

Assists in identifying risk assessment and treatment options

Reduces level of errors via improved accuracy of risk data by application of the nominated principles