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More than 4,000 UNE standards help companies to achieve the SDGs

13/11/2019

  • The Spanish Association for Standardization, UNE, has held a seminar in which leading experts underlined the key role of standards as a first level help in achieving the 17 UN SDGs.
  • Today's event was also the setting for the presentation of the UNE Awards, which recognize outstanding contributions by people and organizations to standardization in various fields. 

13 November 2019. The Spanish Association for Standardisation-UNE, hosted the seminar 'Standards, the key to the SDGs', and at which leading experts underlined the key role of standards as a first level help in achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on the United Nations 2030 Agenda. At today's event, held today at the CEOE headquarters, UNE presented the Awards that recognize outstanding contributions by people and organizations to standardization in various fields.

There are over 4,000 UNE standards in the Spanish catalogue, comprising almost 33,000 documents that help organizations to achieve the different SDGs, since they help facilitate a common ground of understanding and provide measurable criteria based on knowledge, consensus and collaboration, so essential in meeting this global challenge. Standards reflect best practices in key aspects for the competitiveness of organizations, providing an effective response to the major challenges facing companies and public administrations.

As an example of these 4,000 standards, three successful cases of Spanish UNE standards were presented that help companies to achieve SDGs.

The pioneering standards UNE 178501 and UNE 178502 establish the requirements for Smart Tourism Destinations; they contribute to the achievement of SDG 8 on decent work and economic growth, SDG 9 on industry, innovation and infrastructure and SDG 11 on sustainable cities and communities.

The UNE 195006 Responsible Tuna Fishing guarantees best practices in fishing activity, including socio-occupational factors, and supports numerous Goals, such as the SDG 12 on responsible production and consumption, SDG 14 on life below water and SDG 8.

UNE standard 149002 establishes the criteria and requirements for identifying flushable and biodegradable products. It helps, among others, to achieve SDG 6 on ensuring access to clean water and sanitation and SDG 13 on climate action.

The General Secretary of ISO, Sergio Mujica, participated in the event; The General Secretary of CEOE, José Alberto González-Ruiz; The Director of the High Commissioner for the 2030 Agenda, Federico Buyolo; The Director of Research, Development and Tourism Innovation at SEGITTUR, Carlos Romero; The Managing Director of OPAGAC, Julio Morón; The Managing Director of ASPAPEL, Carlos Reinoso; Chief Executive Officer of UNE, Javier García, and Chairman of UNE, Carlos Esteban.

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