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ISO 31000 Priciples

Get compliant with ISO 31000 and simplify compliance for your organisation.

ISO 31000 is based on eight principles that provide guidance for effective risk management. In simple terms, these principles are the foundation of the framework that set guidelines to organisations to manage risks and achieve their objectives. Let's explore each of these principles in more detail and understand what they mean.

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1. Integrated

The first principle of ISO 31000 highlights that risk management should be an integral part of an organisation’s decision-making processes.


This means that risk management should be part of the day-to-day operations and not treated as a separate activity.


If an organisation is considering a new project, risk management should be an essential part of the decision-making process.


The organisation should identify and assess the risks associated with the project and develop strategies in order with those risks. By integrating risk management into its decision-making processes, organisations can make informed decisions and reduce the likelihood of unexpected outcomes.

2. Structured and comprehensive

This ISO 31000 principle focus on the structured and comprehensive process of risk management that covers all operations aspects of an organisation.


This means that the organisation should identify risks, assess their likelihood and potential impact, put strategies in place to manage risks, and monitor and review the effectiveness of these strategies.


For example, a structured and comprehensive risk management process for a manufacturing company might involve identifying the risks associated with its production process, assessing the likelihood and potential impact of those risks, and developing strategies to mitigate those risks. The organisation should then monitor the effectiveness of these strategies and make adjustments as necessary.


The process should be tailored to the needs of each organisation.


For example, a risk management process for a small startup company might be very different from a risk management process for a large multinational corporation. The startup company might have a smaller risk management team and a more casual process, while the multinational corporation might have a larger risk management team and a more formal process.

4. Inclusive

The risk management process should involve all relevant stakeholders; their opinions and knowledge should be considered in the process .


This means that the process should be inclusive and transparent by involving all relevant stakeholders who may be affected by the risks identified.


For example, a risk management process for a hospital might involve input from doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals, as well as patients and their families. By involving all relevant stakeholders, the organisation can ensure that it has a complete understanding of the risks associated with its operations and can develop effective strategies to manage those risks.

5. Dynamic

Risk management should be a dynamic process that adapts to any circumstance. This means that the process may respond to change continually and in a timely manner to maintain efficiency and results.


Risk management must be anticipatory because risks arise, evolve, and diminish in response to internal and external events.


For example, if a new competitor enters the market, an organisation should be able to adapt its risk management strategies to address this new risk. By being dynamic, the risk management process can keep pace with the changing business environment and help the organisation achieve its objectives.

6. Based on best available information

Processes should be based on the best available information.
Organisations should gather and use the most current and accurate information available to identify and assess risks.


By using the best available information, organisations can make informed decisions and reduce the likelihood of unexpected outcomes.

7. Human and cultural factors

This is the seventh principle of ISO 31000. Risk management may take into account human and cultural factors.


The risk management process should recognize the impact of human behaviour, culture, and values on the organisation’s capability to manage risks, as well as the goals of the people around it.


By taking into account human and cultural factors, the organisation can develop risk management strategies that are more effective and acceptable to its stakeholders.


8. Continual improvement

The final ISO 31000 principle, highlights that risk management should be a continuous process of improvement.


Organisation should regularly review and evaluate its risk management processes and strategies to identify opportunities for improvement and also to improve through experience.


By continually improving its risk management processes, the organisation can grow in every aspect and achieve its objectives more effectively.


The eight principles of ISO 31000 provide a set of guidelines that organisations can use to manage risks effectively.


By following these principles, organisations can create a culture of risk management that is focused on achieving their goals while minimising risks.

How can Inverifi help you get ISO 31000 compliant?

Risk management tools

Risk management tool that enables you to identify, assess, and treat risks in a systematic and structured way. This tool includes risk assessments, risk registers, risk treatment plans, and risk reporting features, all of which can help your organisation to meet the requirements of ISO 31000.

Centralised document management

Inverifi provides a centralised platform for managing all your documentation, including policies, procedures, and reports. This can help you to maintain an audit trail and ensure that all documentation is up to date and easily accessible.


Inverifi provides a reporting feature that enables you to track and monitor your organisation’s risk management performance. Visual reporting of risk quantity as well as see a breakdown of the likelihood, severity and impact scores.