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March 2017

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Education is not only a basic right, but a fundamental part of society, so the quality of educational providers is everyone’s concern. While they can’t necessarily guarantee outcomes, there is a lot that educational institutes can do to stimulate learning and ensure learners are getting the level of...
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Water is life. But when water is unsafe and sanitation non-existent, water can kill. For millions of people, it’s a daily reality. Today is World Water Day – a day about making a difference for people who do not have the water they need.
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In days gone by, we went to a dressmaker. These days, we talk about things like “size zero” and wonder if we are getting slimmer because we can now squeeze into an 8. Ever wondered how clothing sizes are calculated and why they vary? A standard for measuring the body in order to calculate clothing size...
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According to a recent report from global consulting firm McKinsey 1), if women played an identical role to men in the labour market, we could add as much as USD 28 trillion, or 26 %, to the annual global Gross Domestic Product by 2025. In the field of international standardization, women contribute actively...
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If you think “aged”, “senior” and “elderly” are negative buzzwords, think again! Businesses, large and small, have begun to use the ageing market as a lens through which to view their strategic plans, according to the World Economic Forum report “How 21st-Century Longevity Can Create Markets and Drive...

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March-April 2017

Active ageing

If you think “aged”, “senior” and “elderly” are negative buzzwords, think again!

Businesses, large and small, have begun to use the ageing market as a lens through which to view their strategic plans. Contrary to common negative perceptions, older adults are creating a new niche market and fuelling growth and innovation.

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You will find international topics covering everything from IT and transport to personal stories and everything in between. Our goal is to bring you the highest-quality information and most up-to-date and internationally relevant material on standards in each issue.


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