Cost savings – International Standards help optimize operations and therefore improve the bottom line Enhanced customer satisfaction – International Standards help improve quality, enhance customer satisfaction and increase sales Access to new markets – International Standards help prevent trade barriers and open up global markets Increased market share – International Standards help increase productivity and competitive advantage Environmental benefits – International Standards help reduce negative impacts on the environment Businesses also benefit from taking part in the standard development process.
International Standards make things work. They give world-class specifications for products, services and systems, to ensure quality, safety and efficiency. They are instrumental in facilitating international trade. ISO has published more than 19000 International Standards and related documents, covering almost every industry, from technology, to food safety, to agriculture and healthcare. ISO International Standards impact everyone, everywhere.
International Standards bring technological, economic and societal benefits. They help to harmonize technical specifications of products and services making industry more efficient and breaking down barriers to international trade. Conformity to International Standards helps reassure consumers that products are safe, efficient and good for the environment.
ISO has developed materials describing the economic and social benefits of standards, the ISO Materials. They are intended to be shared with decision makers and stakeholders as concrete examples of the value of standards.
The repository of studies on economic and social benefits of standards provides an insight of the approaches and results of the studies undertaken by different authors, such as national and international standards bodies, research institutes, universities and other international agencies.
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