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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...
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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?
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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...
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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.
Banner of the World Smart City Forum 2017.
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The Smart City Expo World Congress, the world’s largest smart city event, will start in a few weeks’ time. This year’s congress is particularly vital to the future of smart and sustainable cities as it represents a critical opportunity for standards to be showcased.
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The US Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has awarded an Emmy for outstanding achievement in engineering to the expert group responsible for “High Efficiency Video Coding”, the video compression standard that has emerged as the primary coding format for Ultra-High Definition (UHD) TV.
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A series of standards called IDMP (Identification of Medicinal Products) is under revision and will bring a host of benefits to patients and the healthcare community. Implementing these standards should simplify the exchange of information between stakeholders and enhance the interoperability of systems...
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Our consumption of the earth’s natural reserves has doubled in the last 30 years and a third of the planet’s land is now severely degraded. There is an urgent need to find solutions for land management policy, planning and practices. 
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To continue providing us with the products and services that we expect, businesses will handle increasingly large amounts of data. The security of this information is a major concern to consumers and companies alike fuelled by a number of high-profile cyberattacks.