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Less waste, better results - Standards increase efficiency - 43rd World Standards Day - 14 October 2012

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World Standards Day poster 2012

2012-10-14 – World Standards Day is celebrated each year on 14 October to pay tribute to the efforts of thousands of experts worldwide who collaborate within IEC, ISO and ITU to develop voluntary International Standards that facilitate trade, spread knowledge and disseminate technological advances.

The theme of World Standards Day 2012 is, "Less waste, better results – Standards increase efficiency".

The World Standards Day message is signed by the leaders of the three principal international standardization organizations: Dr. Klaus Wucherer, President of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), Dr. Boris Aleshin, President of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), and Dr. Hamadoun Touré, Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The three organizations are the partners making up the World Standards Cooperation (WSC).

"International standards such as those from IEC, ISO and ITU are crucial for increasing efficiency," the three partners underline. "This issue has come to the forefront as global challenges like sustainability and financial uncertainty mean that organizations are challenged to achieve better results with less waste."

They define efficiency as the ability to achieve objectives by implementing processes to develop products or services of optimal quality with minimal waste, expense, or unnecessary effort. Efficiency helps organizations maximize profits and meet their goals, and is crucial for success in today’s challenging and competitive economic environment.

In today’s highly competitive and complex world, the issue of sustainability, viewed from an economic, environmental and societal perspective, means that businesses must be more efficient across a wide range of measures and issues.

The heads of IEC, ISO and ITU emphasize on: "International standards are powerful tools for helping organizations capitalize their potential in the global marketplace. Developed by experts from around the world, they contain internationally harmonized best practice which can be used to measure, compare and increase efficiency and reduce waste.

For example, by providing common specifications, international standards enable products, services and technology from different vendors to fit together like pieces in a puzzle. They support interoperability and compatibility, providing a solid base for developing innovations and facilitating market access to new products. They ensure that countries, organizations, regulators and researchers, do not have to reinvent the wheel, and can invest in other priorities."

The World Standards Day 2012 message points out that the state-of-the-art know-how contained in international standards is accessible to all, including developing countries, helping them make the best use of their human and material resources. More efficient industrial and business processes, facilitated by standards, empower companies to compete globally, and produce faster for more markets at a lesser cost.

In this way, standards help organizations meet their customers' needs while focusing and optimizing company processes. Regulators can use international standards as a means to show compliance and as a basis for market- and consumer-friendly regulations. And consumers can rest assured that international standards promote efficiency on issues that matter to them, like product labelling or safety.

The leaders of IEC, ISO and ITU conclude: "The bottom line? International standards from IEC, ISO and ITU not only make good business sense, but greater efficiency helps society to make better use of its resources, contributing to a more sustainable world."