Toshiba Information Equipment (Philippines) achieves ISO 22301

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Manila, April 30, 2013: ECC International, the leading process improvement solutions provider in Southeast Asia, awarded Toshiba Information Equipment (Philippines), Inc. (TIP) with a plaque of recognition for successfully achieving ISO 22301:2012 (Business Continuity Management Systems) – making them the first manufacturing company in the Philippines to achieve this ISO certification. The award was received by TIP President, Minoru Iriko and Vice President for Human Resource Administration, Ma. Corazon Bunag.

TIP and ECCI worked together in achieving two milestones for the company by not only achieving ISO 22301:2012 and extending their ISO 27001:2005 (Information Security Management System) certification to their second site, located in Cavite, Philippines. This was achieved through a combined audit by TÜV Rheinland, which was held last March 18-19, 2013.

Released in May 17, 2012, ISO 22301:2012 was developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the world’s largest developer of voluntary International Standards, to guide organizations on the requirements needed to develop a document management system that would allow them to prepare, respond and recover from disruptive incidents.

“We work with clients such as HP, Dell and Lenovo who find it important for their suppliers to have Business Continuity Management (BCM) in place. Given the unpredictable environment that we (businesses) operate in today, if one company is in a crisis or if there is a crisis with supply chain management, most customers feel more confidence if a company, such as ours, has a BCM plan in place.” Shared Minoru Iriko, President of TIP when asked why they felt it was important for them to be the first manufacturing company to achieve ISO 22301:2012.

Although having a Business Continuity Management System in place is viewed as a requirement in most companies to ensure operations regardless of impending crisis’ and disasters, Toshiba explains that one of the key decision factors in choosing BCM implementation is their most prized asset. “In our philosophy, we always say that we are committed to people and committed to the future. So one of the very important factors that we considered is the value of our assets, and the most important assets would be human beings.” said Ma. Corazon Bunag, VP for HR Administration.

Achieving these certifications is just the start for Toshiba. “Of course it is good to have certification, but the important thing is what it represents about our company, so therefore – it is not just building a perception, but building the image of what a responsible company should be.” shared Ms. Bunag with regard to Toshiba’s plans for the future.

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