2 October 2019. The Spanish Association for Standardisation-UNE, the communication campaign Firm steps was launched today with the aim of highlighting the benefits of technical standards for the economic, business and consumer sectors as well as the work of the Spanish standards organization.
Firm steps aims to show how companies and Administrations use standards to achieve their goals; it symbolizes the values of UNE standardization: knowledge, internationalization, trust, security, innovation, legality... There is always a UNE Standard that will guide companies, with Firm steps, to successfully overcome any challenge facing them. (For more information, see press dossier attached).
Technical standards benefit organizations financially, and account for up to 5% of their revenue in sales, while reducing business costs by 7%. Standards now represent 1% of the GDP in Spain.
Technical standards are the language spoken in international markets: According to the OECD, 80% of trade is subject to standards, which facilitates the internationalization of Spanish companies and exports.
The UNE is the Spanish standardization body and the platform that gives Spanish companies access to global standards forums, where key standards for promoting competitiveness are drawn up. UNE is the Spanish representative before the international (ISO and IEC) and European (CEN, CENELEC and ETSI) standardization bodies, as well as before the Pan-American Standards Commission, COPANT. It is also the Spanish standardization body in ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute).
The work of UNE covers all areas of business: innovation, digitization and industry 4,0, cybersecurity, construction, export and social responsibility, among others. Technical standards also support Public Administrations in the effective deployment of public policies. In fact, 12% of UNE standards are quoted in national legislation.