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


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. This announcement was made by the Spanish Association for Standardisation, UNE, for the purpose 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. Thus, UNE has 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, UNE approved its 2019-2021 Strategic Plan which aims to encourage companies and public administrations to adopt necessary standards to help tackle their major challenges, in areas such as:

  • Good governance: the Standard UNE 19602 establishes the requirements that companies must meet to develop an effective tax compliance management system in organisations.
  • Digitisation: la Especificación UNE 0061, driven by MINCOTUR, it allows us to consider a digital industrial.
  • Sustainability: the CTN 323 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 the internationalisation and exports of Spanish companies. UNE trabaja para favorecerlas
  • Innovation: UNE has been very active in this area, encouraging innovative products and services to reach the market through standardisation.
  • Public policy deployment: Standards help Public administrations to comply with statutory obligations and implement public policies. 

UNE is made up of more than 500 members representing practically all of the 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.