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Partners for sustainable sanitation

15. February 2018 - 15:33
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is working to reinvent toilets and save the lives of 4.5 billion people who lack, or live without, safely managed sanitation solutions. In this interview, Doulaye Koné,...

The new ISO 31000 keeps risk management simple

15. February 2018 - 10:35
Damage to reputation or brand, cyber crime, political risk and terrorism are some of the risks that private and public organizations of all types and sizes around the world must face with increasing frequency....

Cruising to safety: Improving man overboard detection with new international guidelines

13. February 2018 - 9:37
Cruising never ceases to grow in popularity. Yet, what few like to consider is the small but real number of holidaymakers who fall overboard. New international guidelines from ISO aim to provide a boost...

Growing old gracefully with a new ISO technical committee for ageing societies

31. January 2018 - 9:17
The world’s population is ageing, just like us. As we enter the era of “super-aged societies”1), governments, communities and businesses need to adapt. A new ISO technical committee has just been formed...

Date and time: the new draft of ISO 8601 explained by Klaus-Dieter Naujok

23. January 2018 - 14:50
Standardization is a truly international activity, and I've been lucky to have worked with more nationalities than I can remember. But, that said, my first business meeting with a German remains etched...

The troubling talk of toilets

12. January 2018 - 10:00
When we think about the most dire threats to our planet, poor sanitation rarely tops the list. Yet it’s a significant (and in some cases immediate) contributor to sickness and pollution in both rural and...

Putting the logic into hydrological

12. January 2018 - 9:29
Global mobility, intensive farming and urban developments that have spread into once uninhabitable areas have made water access, use, and reuse, critical areas for International Standards. 

ISOfocus highlights water and sanitation for UN Decade of Action

12. January 2018 - 9:10
Water connects every aspect of life. Today, one in ten people lack access to safe water and about 2.3 billion people live without adequate sanitation, with disastrous social and economic consequences....

Fresh changes in the pipeline

12. January 2018 - 9:08
Ageing wastewater systems are under threat from growing populations, urbanization, pollution and climate change, not to mention human behaviour. However, despite these challenges and fears for health and...

Managing a precious resource

12. January 2018 - 9:08
Why do we need to manage global water resources? According to environmental scientist Dr Debbie Chapman, our health and well-being depend on it – and the payback is tremendous. Here, Dr Chapman explains...

Keeping up with ageing societies

20. December 2017 - 15:43
1 October is the United Nations International Day of Older Persons, which celebrates the achievements and contributions that older people make to society. This year’s theme – “Stepping into the Future:...

Building trust in organizations with a new guidance document being developed

20. December 2017 - 15:42
Trust in business is at an all-time low1). Trust in governments is rock bottom as well. At the same time, huge challenges remain to create sustainable societies. What to do? A new project to develop a...

Why the future belongs to standards

20. December 2017 - 13:39
A quick glance at the accelerating technological change over recent years, and the subsequent upheavals, could be enough to make us all fear for the future of the global economy. However, there are good...

Setting standards for good governance in the latest ISOfocus

20. December 2017 - 9:48
Abuse of office for private gains. Trust undermined. Poor governance can have disastrous consequences. It can also threaten market integrity, distort competition and endanger economic development.

Cocoa fever – the food of the gods gets a quality check

19. December 2017 - 10:59
It is one of the world’s favourite ingredients, particularly during the festive season, yet no two cocoa beans are the same. ISO’s International Standard for cocoa quality has recently been updated, just...

ISO 31000 revision moves towards a clearer and more concise text

18. December 2017 - 13:30
ISO 31000:2009 on risk management is intended for people who create and protect value in an organization by managing risks, making decisions, setting and achieving objectives and improving performance....

Unearthing the potential of autonomous mining with ISO 17757

18. December 2017 - 10:56
Every year, well over a million people are killed in road traffic accidents. In almost all cases, these deaths occur due to crashes where human error was a significant factor. And while technology has...

What makes a food ingredient “natural”?

18. December 2017 - 9:50
When is a food ingredient considered as “natural”? Until now, there was no internationally agreed definition of a “natural” food ingredient, but a new ISO technical specification will help the food and...

The second-hand market gets a new ISO standard to protect consumers

15. December 2017 - 10:32
The second-hand economy is booming with more and more consumers buying used goods. How can we be sure that the second-hand baby crib we buy won’t cause injury or harm? Purchasing used products can bring...

Highlighting the importance of standards on World Aids Day

1. December 2017 - 11:33
Today is World AIDS Day, a day to show support for people living with HIV, the Human Immunodeficiency Virus. It’s also a day to raise awareness about condom safety.