ISO standards to promote sustainable growth

With so many people talking about sustainability, ISO standards bring much-needed clarity to the conversation.

More than ever, both consumers and manufacturers recognize the impacts of their choices and actions.

In the past, many of the costs of doing business were hidden, but now ISO standards allow them to be quantified and factored in to decision-making processes. This means more responsive and responsible businesses.

ISO standards enable businesses to plan their future growth around meeting consumer expectations. They enable transparency about products and best practices for limiting their impacts.

Below you can find out more about the most commonly used sustainability and social responsibility standards, who develops them, and new projects in the pipeline.

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ISO and the UN SDGs

By supporting our members to maximize the benefits of international standardization and ensure the uptake of ISO standards, we’re helping to meet the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Economic, environmental and societal dimensions are all directly addressed by ISO standards.

Our aim is to spread these benefits as widely as possible through capacity building where it's most needed.

ISO and social responsibility.

An overview of how ISO standards contribute directly to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
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The people who develop standards

Covering almost every sector you can think of, from Assistive products to Zinc alloys, ISO has over 200 technical committees. Below we've listed just a handful that we think will be of particular interest to you. If it doesn't have what you're looking for, you can find the complete list of technical committees here.

  • Related ISO technical committees

  • ISO/TC 207
    Environmental management
  • ISO/TC 268
    Sustainable cities and communities

ISO Store

  • ISO 26000:2010
    Guidance on social responsibility
  • ISO 14001:2015
    Sistemas de gestión ambiental — Requisitos con orientación para su uso

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