Who are we?

 ISO/TC 309 Governance of Organizations was established in September 2016 to address "standardization in the field of governance relating to aspects of direction, control and accountability of organizations".

What do we want to achieve?

Changes in the global organizational environment, and in the expectations of society at large, have resulted in the need to develop an international understanding of what good governance of organizations should look like. These contextual changes are taking place at a global level and, therefore, this understanding requires a global consensus-based perspective.

There is also a growing recognition that “governance” is distinct from “management”. ISO/TC 309 will produce deliverables relating to governance, in the sense of steering an organization, as well as deliverables relating to the tools for controlling an organization such as programmes for whistleblowing, for compliance and for anti-bribery.

In this way this TC will produce globally relevant International Standards that can be used everywhere relating to both:

  • Governance and governance systems; and
  • Management and management systems.

Our Standards

TC309 has responsibility for standards on:

  • Governance - ISO 37000 Governance of organizations - Guidance, published on 14 September 2021
  • Compliance Management Systems - ISO 37301, published on 13 April 2021
  • Anti-bribery Management Systems - ISO 37001, published in October 2016
  • Whistleblowing Management Systems - ISO 37002, published on 27 July 2021
  • Governance maturity model - ISO 37004, in development since June 2021
  • Selecting, Creating and Using Indicators - ISO 37005, in development since June 2021
  • Indicators of Effective Organizational Governance: Guidance - ISO 37006, in development since June 2021
  • Guidelines for Efficiency Measurement - ISO 37007, in development since February 2021
  • Internal Investigations of Organizations: Guidance - ISO 37008, in development since September 2021
  • Conflicts of interest - Guidelines - ISO 37009, in development since December 2022

Our Members

Our growing membership reflects the growing interest in governance as a distinct discipline. We are also pleased to involve a number of key external liaison organizations in our work, including ACCA, EBRD, ecoDa, FIEC, IFC, ISACA, OECD and The CQI.

IT Governance

A separate committee, ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 40 has responsibility for standards relating to IT governance.

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Want to get involved?

Standards are developed by the people who need them – that could mean you. Technical committees include experts from both standards and industry and these experts are put forward by ISO’s national members. If you want to help shape future standards in your field, contact your national member

External liaison organizations may also apply to be involved in the work, provided they meet certain criteria (e.g. not for profit, membership based with a process for stakeholder engagement and consensus decision-making). Please contact TC309 Secretary for more information.


For more information about the work of TC309, please contact the Committee Manager, Mike Henigan (details below)


Mike Henigan
Mike Henigan
Committee Manager, ISO/TC 309

+44 (0)20 8996 7298