November 2017

Wooden outhouse and barn in Mormon Row, Grand Teton National Park, USA.
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Time has come to rethink the toilet. For about 4.5 billion people around the world who do not have access to adequate sanitation, this is a matter of life and death. But even those of us lucky enough to have access to a flush toilet may benefit from the innovative work being done at ISO to reinvent sanitation...
Hurricane between Florida and Cuba.
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International Standards can be used as tools to help implement the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development. This is the message of a side event organized by ISO and the IAF (International Accreditation Forum) as part of the 23rd Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention...
Telskuf, Kurdistan, Iraq - June 22, 2014: Boy in IIDP camp. This camp is 15 km from Mosul away and it is set up on an empty field. This camp collects people from the region of Mosul after the ISIS invated the city.
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In many places around the world, rural and urban populations have to use toilets that aren’t connected to mains sewers. In many cases, city planners are working hard to address this by investing in infrastructures. But for millions of people, non-sewered systems are the only option and with waterborne...
Large Haul Truck on mine haul road
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Every year, well over a million people are killed in road traffic accidents. In almost all cases, these deaths occur due to crashes where human error was a significant factor. And while technology has improved the safety of vehicles themselves, the sheer number of people on the roads today means that...
Sculpture of Shiva, the Hindu god.
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Abuse of office for private gains. Trust undermined. Poor governance can have disastrous consequences. It can also threaten market integrity, distort competition and endanger economic development.
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Picture a world where every product and appliance is environmentally friendly, where every supermarket item is fair trade, where corruption is an urban myth and poverty a long-distant memory. Hard to imagine? Technically, it is possible… if everyone adhered to sustainable procurement.
An arch bridge in Kromlau, Germany.
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Some things are hard to predict. And others are unlikely. In business, as in life, both can happen at the same time, catching us off guard. The consequences can cause major disruption, which makes proper planning, through business continuity management, an essential tool for businesses that want to go...
Close up of a rifle scope.
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A new version of ISO 31000 is due to be unveiled early next year. As the threat of risks grows for governments, organizations and the public alike, how can the new, streamlined standard help to make our future more secure?
Handcuffed man standing in courtroom.
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A business tool designed to fight bribery is gaining traction. Published just last year, ISO 37001 is the first international anti-bribery management system standard designed to help organizations combat bribery risk in their own operations and throughout their global value chains. Its uptake is garnering...
Reinforced tunnel with starburst light source.
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There’s no question that mining has been made safer over the years, but mines are still one of the most hazardous places to work. The causes can be numerous, from explosive dust and toxic gases to collapse of mine shafts, and the consequences severe, with thousands of fatalities each year.