World Standards Day is celebrated annually on October 14th to recognize the experts developing international standards and spread awareness about the need for standardized regulations for consumers and industries in the global economy.
Why is a set of standardized regulations necessary? A key message from the World Standards Day site explains that international standards “help to harmonize specifications of products and services, making industry more efficient and breaking down barriers to international trade.” Essentially, the standards establish the trustworthiness of products and services to consumers through well-thought-out procedures and requirements.
“We believe that international standards are an important instrument for global trade and economic development. They provide a harmonized, stable, and globally recognized framework for the dissemination and use of new technologies.”
A group of industry leaders, NGOs, governments, and other stakeholders pulled together by the World Standards Cooperation (WSC) are the people behind the international standards. The group that pulls them all together, the WSC, is a combination of three leading organizations. International Organization for Standardization (ISO), International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), and International Telecommunication Union (ITU) joined together to promote a shared vision for a better world.
That shared vision is the theme of a multi-year campaign launched in 2021. Shared Vision for a Better World encompasses World Standards Day and the overall journey to reaching the WSC’s Sustainable Development Goals. The goals focus on social imbalances, sustainable economies, and climate change. The World Standards day website asserts that “The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) represent a shared vision for peace and prosperity, for people and planet. Every SDG is a call for action, but we can only get there if we work together. International standards offer practical solutions that we can all stand behind.”
Petoskey Plastics is certified through Intertek Testing Services for ISO 9001:2015. The ISO 9001:2015 standard specifies requirements for a quality management system. The standard ensures consistent products and services are provided to customers, creating customer satisfaction. Petoskey Plastics has been certified under this standard since 2007.
Intertek places the number of global organizations with ISO 9001 certifications to be over 1.2 million. Petoskey Plastics is proud to be one of the businesses working towards standardization to benefit our customers and community.
Through strategic partnerships and hard work, we can all create a safer, standardized world and tackle crucial issues like sustainability, responsible production, and more.
Today, let’s celebrate the advancements in standardization and reflect on how our global economy is better for it. Learn more and see how you can get involved at http://www.WorldStandardsDay.org.
Happy World Standards Day!