Every day, standards and standardisation make a difference in the lives of New Zealanders. Standards help to keep our homes, public buildings, playgrounds, electrical appliances, and health services safe. They help protect our environment, increase productivity, and drive innovation. World Standards Day on 14 October pays tribute to the thousands of men and women all over the world who develop voluntary standards for the advancement and welfare of societies. It also provides the perfect opportunity to reflect on the benefits that standards bring to our everyday lives, the market economy, and to the smooth running of public affairs.