ISO 37301 is a Type A management system standard which sets out the requirements and provides guidelines for establishing, developing, implementing, evaluating, maintaining, and continually improving a compliance management system (CMS). A CMS provides organizations a structured approach to meet all compliance obligations, i.e., requirements that they mandatorily have to comply with such as laws, regulations, court rulings, permits, licenses, as well as those that they voluntarily choose to comply with such as internal policies and procedures, codes of conduct, standards, and agreements with communities or NGOs.

ISO 37301 can be applied to all organizations, regardless of their size, nature, or complexity of activity. CMS is based upon the principles of integrity, good governance, proportionality, transparency, accountability, and sustainability. As with the most of management system standards, ISO 37301 also follows the high-level structure (HLS) developed by ISO. The HLS structure defines the common terminology and definitions used, as well as the clause sequence (1 to 10), where the requirements for the CMS are set out in clauses 4 to 10. The HLS enables organizations to integrate various management systems, meaning that organizations can either adopt a CMS as a stand-alone management system or they can integrate it with other existing management systems.


For organizations seeking growth and long-term success, consistently adhering to compliance obligations is a must, not an option. A CMS based on the requirements and guidance of ISO 37301 equips organizations with a set of tools (policies, processes, and controls) that allows them to establish and maintain a culture of compliance.

Organizations with a CMS based on ISO 37301 commit to sound norms of corporate governance, good practices, and ethical conduct. However, the CMS cannot completely eliminate the risk of noncompliance. In this regard, ISO 37301’s requirements and guidance improve the organization’s ability to identify and respond to noncompliance. In some jurisdictions, the existence of a CMS can be an indicator of the organization’s due diligence and commitment to compliance which may be useful in limiting legal liability and lowering penalties for contraventions of relevant laws.


ISO 37301 Lead Implementer

ISO 37101 is an international standard which specifies the requirements of and provides guidance on the establishment of a management system for sustainable development in communities. The standard aims to help organizations and communities establish a framework that allows them to improve their standing in their social, economic and environmental aspects.

The requirements of the standard can be applied to communities of all sizes in their sustainable development efforts towards smart, more resilient and more efficient infrastructure and ultimately help improve their overall well-being. The standard addresses specific sustainability issues such as governance, education, innovation, health care, interdependence, safety, inclusivity, etc., and has the flexibility of adding other sustainability issues which may prove relevant to the community implementing it.