ISO Focus, November 2009
Continual competence

ISO Focus, November 2009November-December

Continual competence

Today's global workforce has become increasingly mobile. Individuals are more likely to change jobs, organizations, careers and even countries, several times throughout their lifetime. With rising unemployment, skills development and training are one of the few constants needed to obtain, and keep decent work.

ISO Focus, 10/09
On the road to safety

ISO Focus, 10/09October

On the road to safety

The statistics are startling: Road traffic crashes kill more than 3 000 people, including 1 000 children and young people, every day. Annually, 1.3 million are killed and at least 50 million are injured. Now more than ever, steps must be taken around the world to ensure road safety comes to the top of the international agenda.

ISO Focus, September 2009
Going green

ISO Focus, September 2009September

Going green

The end of 2009 could see a new treaty to replace the Kyoto protocol, following the much awaited United Nations Climate Change Conference to take place in Copenhagen, Denmark. Climate change is also the subject of this year’s World Standards Day (October 14).

ISO Focus 7/2009
Renewing confidence

ISO Focus 7/2009July-August

Renewing confidence

As the world takes its first sluggish steps out of an economic recession, it becomes clear that what the world needs now is confidence, the bedrock of business. And ISO standards are all about promoting and renewing confidence. Because of their international multi-stakeholder recognition and their voluntary nature, they are powerful tools for organizations to become proactively accountable.

ISO Focus, June 2009
Tackling hazards

ISO Focus, June 2009June

Tackling hazards

Hazards are all around us. The causes may be different – whether human negligence, malevolence or natural disasters – but their likelihood (and seriousness) is no less real. The June issue looks at how International Standards are practical tools to assess, prevent and respond to hazards.

ISO Focus, May 2009
Working together

ISO Focus, May 2009May

Working together

The development of international consensus-based standards cannot be carried out in isolation. To ensure practicality, wide adoption and address current needs, it is crucial to include a large spectrum of stakeholders, so that all views are reflected in the end product.

ISO Focus, April 2009
ISO and the Media

ISO Focus, April 2009April

ISO and the Media

Tools like digital photography, PDF and XML have dramatically transformed the way we communicate, opening up a world of possibility for the media. Minutes after it happens, we can read online about an earthquake hitting a remote part of the world. Today, anyone can witness an event, capture it on video, and post it on the Web to be seen by millions.

ISO Focus, March 2009
Practical sustainability

ISO Focus, March 2009March

Practical sustainability

Sustainability has been defined as the ability to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

ISO Focus, January 2009
Water - The vital challenge

ISO Focus, January 2009January

Water - The vital challenge

Access to safe water is recognized as a basic human right. Yet, while part of the world’s population takes its supply of on-tap water and sanitation services for granted, millions of people must work hard to secure it. Still others are entirely deprived of this basic right.