October 14th marks the 47th annual World Standards Day, focusing on how standards make cities smarter.

An initiative of the World Standards Cooperation (WSC) since 1970, members of International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and International Telecommunication Union (ITU), celebrate World Standards Day. The event pays tribute to the work of thousands of worldwide experts who dedicate their time and expertise to the development of international standards. The theme for World Standards Day 2017 is “Standards make cities smarter".

The main goal of standardization is to make life easier and safer, ensure transparency, build continuous improvement across industries, and sustain efficiency and effectiveness. Standards speak to the diversity of our interconnected world, introducing uniformity to ensure that we are working towards the same goals.

This year’s celebration highlights how standardization makes our cities smarter and how different international standards contribute to the growth and development of different sectors. For example, standards help to ensure:

  • Easier and more convenient transportation
  • A booming economy, easing trade across countries
  • Clearer communication
  • Improved information access with advanced Information Technology
  • Energy efficient buildings and renewable sources of energy
  • Improved waste management

Deepak Mistry, SGS Global Marketing Head of Certification and Business Enhancement, said: “As the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing, and certification company, SGS is very proud to be in partnership with international organizations, building a better and smarter world by ensuring that standards are implemented effectively."

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World Standards Day Infographic 

For further information please contact:

Anna Amato
Senior Global Marketing Manager
t: +1 201 448 0377

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