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ISO International Standards provide practical tools for tackling many of today’s global challenges. Learn how International Standards work in the real world in sectors such as Health, Water, Food, Climate change and many more...

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ISO International Standards ensure that products and services are safe, reliable and of good quality. For business, they are strategic tools that reduce costs by minimizing waste and errors and increasing productivity. They help companies to access new markets, level the playing field for developing countries and facilitate free and fair global trade.

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ISO goes green on sustainable forest management

Sustainable forest management has become a critical global issue, with consumers increasingly demanding wood products supplied from "well-managed" forests. Environmental concerns - particularly the effects of illegal and indiscriminate logging resulting in forest disappearance, degradation and carbon emissions - have prompted ISO to start work on a new standard for the traceability of wood products.

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The Japanese-led ISO subcommittee that develops International Standards for the testing and analysis of rubber and rubber products was presented with the prestigious Lawrence D. Eicher Leadership Award at the 37th ISO General Assembly in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Granted annually since 2003, the award recognizes ISO technical committees and subcommittee for outstanding work in creative and innovative standards development.

ISO family gathers for annual General Assembly in Rio

Over 400 delegates met today for the 37th ISO General Assembly. Held in Rio, Brazil, the event brings together representatives of more than 120 ISO member countries to discuss International Standards and their impact on business, society, and the global economy.

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Levelling the playing field

Do standards impact a company’s bottom line? Short answer: Yes, they do. In this ISOfocus issue, we explore some of the ways in which standards offer opportunities for an equal, level playing field and economic growth. We highlight how businesses – both large and small – can calculate the savings and benefits they make today – which amounts to a whopping 5 % of a company’s revenue in some cases. Talk about tangible!

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Published in English and French, six times per year, ISOfocus is your gateway to International Standards. Whether a multinational enterprise faced with major decisions or a small business looking for ideas, ISOfocus seeks to provide both the kind of overviews that strategic planners need and the little details that can make a big difference.

You will find international topics covering everything from IT and transport to personal stories and everything in between. Our goal is to bring you the highest-quality information and most up-to-date and internationally relevant material on standards in each issue.

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