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Over 4,000 Spanish UNE Standards help companies achieve the SDGs

17/07/2020

More than 4,000 UNE standards in the Spanish catalogue help companies achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) from the United Nations 2030 Agenda. The announcement was made by the Spanish Association for Standardization, UNE, on the occasion of the publication of its 2019 Annual Report, which sets out the main milestones of the financial year.

Among these, UNE approved its Strategic Plan 2019-2021, which aims to help businesses and Public Administrations promote the standards they need to meet their major challenges.

Moreover, UNE incorporated 1,860 new standards, bringing the Spanish standards catalogue to a total of 33,345 standards, making it one of the most extensive in the world.

An illustrative example of the ability of standards to respond effectively to the challenges of organisations is their contribution to the achievement of the 17 UN SDGs. The UNE identified over 4,000 standards from the Spanish catalogue of 33,345 standards, which help companies to achieve them.

Standards are a first level guide on the SDGs, as they contain the consensus, best practices and collaboration required to meet this global challenge, establishing a common language and driving alliances.

Strategic Plan

Last year, the UNE approved its 2019-2021 Strategic Plan, which aims to help businesses and Public Administrations promote the standards they need to tackle major challenges in areas like:

  • Good governance: the UNE 19602 standard establishes the requirements that companies must meet to develop an effective tax compliance management system in organizations.
     
  • Digitisation: the UNE 0061 Specification, endorsed by MINCOTUR, allows us to consider a digital industrial.
     
  • Sustainability: CTN 23 Circular Economy is the direct channel of Spanish influence in the drafting of European and international standards.
     
  • Exports: 85% of the catalogue of Spanish standards have a European or international origin, facilitating internationalization and exports by Spanish companies. UNE works to promote them
     
  • Innovation: The UNE is intensively developing its activity, encouraging innovative products and services to reach the market through standardization.
     
  • Public policy deployment: standards help public administrations comply with statutory obligations and implement public policies. 

The UNE is made up of over 500 members representing practically the entire Spanish production fabric, making it a model case of public-private collaboration. To foster this collaboration, the Advisory Commissions on Construction, Electrotechnical and Circular Economy were created in 2019.