The least one can say is that policy makers have a difficult job. Elected by a certain portion of the population, they must do what is best for their constituents and the country as a whole. They have the daunting task of making everyone happy - public opinion, government and private sector alike - while sending out strong, positive signals for the future... This proves especially challenging in these times of economic and financial uncertainty when nobody seems to agree on the best path to follow. So how can they get it right?
What's good for the environment is often good for business, and effective energy consumption is a good example. Now businesses can improve their energy performance even more with the addition of three new ISO standards to complete their energy management range.
From wiring money to far flung places to everyday financial transactions, the humble BIC code is a vital ingredient in ensuring banking messages get sent to the right place. Now the standard that is used to define it has had a revamp, to make it even more robust and fit for the future.
Today, 9 December, is International Anti-Corruption Day, and an opportunity to raise awareness to the damage it causes. Systemic bribery, among other things, lowers economic growth and discourages investment. It goes hand in hand with poverty and social inequality. But, most importantly, it is very difficult to eradicate.
Unhindered access to facilities and ease of use of products and services are often taken for granted. Normally, we only realize how important they are when we fail in using something. But standards can help!