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Benefits of International Standards

 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.

Benefits of standards: the ISO Materials

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.

Facts and figures about the benefits 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.


For business

International Standards are strategic tools and guidelines to help companies tackle some of the most demanding challenges of modern business. They ensure that business operations are as efficient as possible, increase productivity and help companies access new markets.

Benefits include:

Cost savings – International Standards help optimise 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. Read more about the benefits of getting involved in standards development.

ISO benefits for business and governments

ISO standards – What’s the bottom line?

A brochure with hard figures for the benefits of implementing ISO’s and other voluntary, consensus-based standards.


For Society

ISO has over 19 500 standards touching almost all aspects of daily life.

When products and services conform to International Standards consumers can have confidence that they are safe, reliable and of good quality. For example, ISO’s standards on road safety, toy safety and secure medical packaging are just a selection of those that help make the world a safer place.

To make sure that the benefits of ISO International Standards are as broad as possible, ISO supports the involvement of consumers in standard development work with its Committee on consumer policy(COPOLCO).

International Standards on air, water and soil quality, on emissions of gases and radiation and environmental aspects of products contribute to efforts to preserve the environment and the health of citizens.


ISO’s standards on toy safety help make the world a safer place.

For government

ISO standards draw on international expertise and experience and are therefore a vital resource for governments when developing public policy.

National governments can use ISO standards to support public policy, for example, by referencing ISO standards in regulations. This has a number of benefits, including:

Expert opinion – ISO standards are developed by experts. By integrating an ISO standard into national regulation, governments can benefit from the opinion of experts without having to call on their services directly.

Opening up world trade – ISO standards are international and adopted by many governments. By integrating ISO standards into national regulation, governments help to ensure that requirements for imports and exports are the same the world over, therefore facilitating the movement of goods, services and technologies from country to country.

For more information on the advantages and benefits of using ISO standards to support public policy initiatives, see, or download our brochure Using ISO and IEC standards to support public policy. (An executive summary is also available).

ISO also has an online platform for policy makers related to how to use conformity assessment standards in regulations. Combining theory and practice, it also offers concrete examples of referencing such standards in regulation.

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Environmental Management System – Benefits of ISO 14001


Putting environmental management at the heart of any company helps it achieve sustainable success.  ISO 14001 helps you reduce your environmental impact as well as grow your business. ISO 14001 is an internationally accepted standard that outlines how to put an effective Environmental Management System (EMS) in place. It is designed to help businesses remain commercially successful without overlooking environmental responsibilities. It can also help you to grow while reducing the environmental impact of this growth. An ISO 14001 system provides the framework to allow you to meet increasingly high customer expectations of corporate responsibility as well as legal or regulatory requirements.

Benefits of ISO 14001- Environmental Management System

Better Environmental Management can help:

  1. Reduce waste and energy use
  2. Improve efficiency by cutting cost of running your business
  3. Demonstrate compliance  and thus also help expand your business opportunities
  4. Meet legal obligations to win greater stakeholder and customer trust
  5. Prepare for the changing business landscape confidently
  6. Improvements in overall environmental performance and compliance
  7. Provide a framework for using pollution prevention practices to meet EMS objectives
  8. Increase efficiency and potential cost savings when managing environmental obligations
  9. Promote predictability and consistency in managing environmental obligations
  10. More effective targeting of scarce environmental management resources
  11. Enhance public posture with outside stakeholders
  12. Cost savings in waste, recycling and consumption
  13. Give you an advantage over competitors when tendering for business
  14. In the management of environmental risks
  15. In meeting the compliance with individual countries environmental regulations
  16. Demonstrates your commitment to improving the environment
  17. Shows you are a responsible future focused organization
  18. Can reduce insurance cover costs
  19. Increase employee engagement in the knowledge that they are working in an environmentally friendly organization
  20. In discovering areas for reduction in energy usage and other resource expenditure,
  21. Achieve regulatory incentives that reward companies showing environmental leadership
  22. Averting pollution and reducing waste,
  23. Improve community goodwill,
  24. Profiting in the market for “green” products,
  25. Respond to insurance company pressure for proof of good management before pollution-incident coverage is issued, and
  26. Demonstrate commitment to high-quality.


The ISO 14001 Lead Implementer courses offered by Africa Value Solutions Limited enable participants to develop an expertise to support an organization in implementing and managing an Environmental Management System. The  Lead Auditor courses enable participants to develop the expertise needed to audit an Environmental Management System and to manage a team of auditors by applying widely recognized audit principles, procedures and techniques.


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Benefits of ITIL Training

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ITIL Qualification SchemeITIL is the world’s leading set of service management best practices. ITIL defines common terms, concepts and processes that organizations use world-wide. Organizations of all shapes and sizes can adapt ITIL as it is flexible and scalable. A key contributor to ITIL’s success is the associated ITIL qualification and training schemes.


What are the benefits of ITIL training?

1.  Recognized qualification

ITIL qualifications set international benchmarks of quality for all people within the IT profession across the world. Service providers and individuals recognize the ITIL brand and this is a key motivator for ITIL training. People feel that their qualification will be worth the effort and help their career development.


2. Learning a common language

Many people are already using service management processes but they may not be using standard processes or terminology. ITIL training helps people to learn a common language for service management that applies across global supply chains. People also want to be part of the ITIL community that speaks this language.


3. Doing a better job

Most people want to find smarter ways of working – this helps them to demonstrate their value in the workplace. Students identify potential improvements during ITIL courses and workshops. This motivates them to go and use what they have learnt on ITIL training courses. By learning ITIL, they can contribute effectively to service delivery and improvement initiatives. They also understand their roles and responsibilities within service management and delivery.


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4. Changing behavior

The ITIL training scheme encourages people to think about new ways of working and approaches for improving customer satisfaction. ITIL is designed to help everyone to focus their attention on the needs of the customers and user experience rather than focusing too much on the technology issues when engaging with customers. By learning about ITIL, individuals can contribute effectively to improving service delivery and changing behavior. This helps to change an organization’s culture, for example from a reactive culture to a proactive culture.


5. Building capability and confidence for action

Delivering service successfully depends on personnel involved in service management having the appropriate competencies, skills and experience. ITIL training and qualifications help people to build confidence that enables them to improve service delivery to customers.


6. Building trust 

Building greater confidence in service management helps people to focus more on customer satisfaction and delivering the business outcomes that customers need. This leads to better engagement with customers that lead to a more trusted relationship.


7. Competitive edge

ITIL provides processes and models to help service providers to work with their business, customers, users and suppliers in a standard way. ITIL training helps people to understand the processes and models and this gives a service provider a competitive edge.


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