Sustainable development

ISO standards and sustainable development

Rio de Janeiro’s 1992 conference put sustainable development clearly on the political agenda. More than twenty years on, the issue is more relevant than ever. From carbon footprint to community infrastructures, sustainable events and the many environmental challenges that businesses face, ISO has a comprehensive range of standards that can help businesses and organizations all over the world make progress in the three pillars of sustainable development – the environment, economy and society.

The carbon footprint is increasingly used to measure our impact on the environment. But does one size fit all? ISO has produced a briefing note that explains the importance of consistency and the benefits standards can bring.

Sustainable development is also an essential ingredient of cities and communities of the future. Learn more about how standards contribute to smart cities and read the UNIDO brochure about UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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Articles on this topic

Chinese city puts sustainable community ISO standard to the test

by Maria Lazarte

Inclusive cities, shared development is the 2016 theme of World Cities Day celebrated on 31 October. Many ISO standards contribute to improve quality of life in cities, including ISO 37101 which offers a management system for sustainable development in communities.

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Significant milestone for Smart City development - standards organizations agree to work together to move cities to greater smartness

In the wake of the World Smart City Forum, which was held on 13 July 2016 in Singapore, representatives of IEC, ISO, ITU, IEEE, CEN-CENELEC and ETSI gathered for a meeting initiated by the IEC. This, meeting was a global first and part of an ongoing dialog among standards organizations. The aim was to accelerate and better align Smart City standardization work, which is essential for successful Smart City deployment. Between 60% and 70% of humanity is expected to be living in urban environments by 2050.

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First International Standard for sustainable procurement nears publication

by Clare Naden

Procurement makes up a substantial budget of any organization, so wouldn’t the world be a better place if it was done in a sustainable way? A new standard in development aims to help organizations do just that, and it has just reached one of the final stages in its development.

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