Business planning is an ISO requirement that will help your company.

The major ISO Management System Standards (for example, ISO 9001 for Quality Management, ISO 45001 for Safety Management, ISO 14001 for Environmental Management, and ISO 27001 for Information Security Management) have many overlapping requirements and adhere to several basic frameworks. Clauses 4, 5, and 6 are instances of this; they contain common requirements throughout several ISO Management Standards and are focused on Business Planning (with references to the topic of each Standard).

The Business Planning activities defined by these ISO Management Standards provide a large quantity of information about your organization’s surroundings. These risk-based activities define the circumstances in which an organization operates, as well as anything that influences its operations. It necessitates taking into account factors such as internal and external issues, positive and negative conditions, and interested parties, and it focuses on top management’s accountability for management system performance, with an emphasis on top-level company objectives being integrated into business processes.

These ISO standards, however, do not provide a list of specific papers, tools, or frameworks to address these ISO standards, making it flexible but also difficult to cover them fully and efficiently. We discovered that some existing frameworks are spot on in meeting these ISO requirements while also benefiting your organization in a variety of ways – the combination of these frameworks is the foundation of what the Management System Standards refer to as:

Effective Business Planning Tools and Frameworks

Effective business planning may be accomplished by utilizing tools and frameworks that will not only assist you in meeting the criteria of the ISO Standards but will also benefit your organization in a variety of ways, as we will discuss in-depth in this article.

Some of the tools we’ve found useful in establishing Management Systems for our clients are listed below. They are well-known business frameworks that can assist you in mapping essential internal and external components of your organization, such as:

Stakeholders or Interested Parties Analysis;

  • PESTEL Analysis;- The PESTEL Analysis is a methodology for analyzing and monitoring the macro and external market environment, as well as the elements that can affect your organization.
  • SWOT Analysis;- The SWOT Analysis is a technique that assists you in developing a good business plan by taking into account four essential areas that affect your organization, such as your company’s strengths and weaknesses, as well as the opportunities and threats confronts in the market. Internal strengths and weaknesses exist within the company, whereas external opportunities and threats exist. You can utilize the results of the PESTEL Analysis to conduct a more in-depth SWOT Analysis. It is also recommended that it be carried out by a group of people with diverse opinions and stakes in your company.
  • Risk Assessment;- The Risk Assessment is used to detect potential threats and the harm they may cause to the business. It is best to use the results of the previous two studies (PESTEL and SWOT) as inputs for this assessment.
  • Opportunities Assessment;-The Objectives, Targets, and Management Plans are designed to guarantee that all business prospects are investigated across many areas of the firm in order to accomplish growth and maximize benefits. You can draw inspiration for this exercise from the strengths and opportunities discovered during the SWOT Analysis.
  • Defining the fundamental business processes, their sequence, and interactions; and developing objectives, targets, and management plans.-is the following and final phase in the Business Planning process. This should engage all departments in the organization in order to map the fundamental processes your company uses to offer its products and/or services (usually in flow charts). Customer order, purchasing, design, and production processes in an organization are examples of core processes. After identifying the individual core processes, the sequence and interaction between them can be specified. The flowchart below depicts the interaction of a business’s major processes.


The good news is that we are here to assist you. We can arrange planning meetings with your team to work on these frameworks together, bringing the right tools and strategies to tackle them efficiently and make the most of them – and, of course, according to the ISO Management Standards for ISO Certification Readiness!