Who Develops ISO Standards? A Survey of Participation in ISO's International Standards Development Processes

This study analyzes representation in ISO's standards development activities from two perspectives: geographic region and stakeholder group. The first part of the study looks at the country/regional representation in all active technical committees (TCs) within ISO. The second part looks at ISO/TC 207 – Environmental Management, the second largest committee in ISO, as a case study to examine both regional and stakeholder representation in more detail. TC 207 was selected because it is emblematic of ISO’s transformation from a technical standard-setting institution to one that is increasingly affecting broader public policy issues. The study concludes with a brief review of two new initiatives within ISO to develop water management standards and a corporate social responsibility guidance standard (shortened to “SR” within ISO circles), both of which signify ISO’s continued expansion into the social and environmental arenas.

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Published:2004
Classification:Publications with Development Focus
AuthorsJason Morrison, Mari Morikawa
Other bibliographical information:Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment, and Security, Oakland, California, USA