Tomorrow, Saturday 27 September, is World Tourism Day. Organized by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the day is designed to highlight tourism's social, cultural, political and economic value. In Brazil, like many other countries, tourism is indeed big business and a leading driver of economic development.
Getting certified to ISO management systems is still very much a priority. This conclusion comes courtesy of the latest ISO Survey of Certification, which records a grand total of 1 541 983 certificates issued worldwide at December 2013 - a 4 % increase on last year.
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.
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.
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.