Economic benefits of Standards international case studies


23 November 2011

The International Organization for Standardization has published a new series of international case studies on 11 companies showing that implementing Standards can provide economic benefits from between 0.5% and 4% of their annual sales revenue.

The case studies are based on the experiences of companies operating in a variety of business sectors in 10 countries – Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Botswana, South Africa, and Germany (two case studies).

The size of the companies varies from a small business with 25 employees and annual sales revenue of around $US 4.5 million to companies with several thousand employees and annual revenue of over $US1.5 billion. The sectors include agri-food, chemicals, construction and construction materials, electrical appliances, electrical power transmission, food retail/food logistics, industrial automation equipment, and information and telecommunication. Read more.

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Read about the economic benefits of standardisation to New Zealand.

To read the Business and Economic Research Limited report commissioned by the Standards Council on The Economic Benefits of Standards to New Zealand, go to and scroll down to the report.

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