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Progress towards HR Standards

Wed, Jan 4th, 2017

Progress towards HR Standards

Standards are a defining characteristic of professions but, until recently the HR and HRD fields have lacked any agreed standards of practice to guide and characterise the value and treatment of employees. In July 2015 the British Standards Institute (BSI) published the first UK national overarching people management standard, officially titled: ‘BS 76000 Human resource - Valuing people – Management system – Requirements’. The standard is based on the premise that people, as an organization’s biggest asset, are inherently valuable and should be treated as such. Since the publication of this standard work has started on the development of a ‘sister-standard’ BS 76005 Diversity and Social Inclusion. This draft standard has been released for public consultation process.

Work is also underway on a new BSI published document, PD 76006 A Guide to Learning and Development.  This document will be a user-friendly and accessible framework to help organizations of all sizes and types to generate a more resilient business through a ‘well-developed’ work force. The guide will be relevant for all Learning and Development Professionals, Training and Talent Managers and Generalist HR Professionals. The drafting group includes senior Training and Development practitioners from private and public sector organizations and employee representative organizations such as Union Learn The aim is to complete the drafting of this new guide by April 2017 ready for its launch in May 2017.

Both BSI 76005 and BSI 76006 will sit within the overarching BSI 76000 framework. In this sense they might be regarded as subordinate to, or ‘siblings’ of, BSI 7600.


The International Perspective

There is a clear relationship between BSI, as a national standards body and the International Standards Organisation. BSI are constituents of ISO. Constituents can create 'developments' e.g. standards and PDs, but if there is something already published by ISO, then the ISO document takes precedence. So most national bodies avoid making standards where there is already one at ISO level. BSI, and other national standard bodies in Europe are subordinate to the European Standards body (CEN), which in turn is subordinate to ISO. Whilst it is hoped that the initiatives being developed by BSI will become internationally recognised, through ISO, in due course it should be noted that ISO have also now published four standards: ISO 30400 (Human resource management – Vocabulary); ISO 30405 (Human resource management - Guidelines on recruitment); ISO 30408 (Human resource management – Guidelines on human governance) and ISO 30409 (Human resource management - Workforce planning).