Here you'll find materials developed by ISO that provide extensive information on the benefits that standards bring to organizations and, more generally, to citizens and society.

They describe the approach used by ISO to assess the economic and social benefits of standards, and include company case studies from over 20 countries, books and communication materials designed to be shared with decision makers and representatives of stakeholders.

These materials were created by ISO with the contribution of many people from national standards bodies, companies and other organizations, as well as university professors, students and consultants who have actively participated in the development of the methodology and of the case studies. Our sincere thanks goes to all those who took part.


  • This publication is intended to assist organizations and individuals, and particularly ISO members, to demonstrate the tangible benefits that standards bring to organizations – and, more generally, to citizens and society, by: Highlighting how standards create value for the organizations that use them, …
  • This book explains how to use the ISO Methodology - a step-by-step way to quantitatively measure the economic benefits of standards. The ISO Methodology is applied at the company level. It involves identifying the activities for which standards are used, and then investigating how these activities, supported …
  • This ground-breaking book presents "The ISO Methodology to assess the economic benefits of standards" in action.
  • This ground-breaking book presents "The ISO Methodology to assess the economic benefits of standards" in action. It provides case studies from a variety of organizations of different sizes and from different sectors from the following countries: Cameroon, China, Egypt, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Mauritius, …

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PVC Gerfor Colombia

Russian brewery Baltika, part of the Carlsberg Group, uses standards for procurement, production, distribution and after sales services, creating benefits of over USD 90m a year.

How did Nanotron, a small innovative company in Germany, increase their profit by 33% of sales using standards? 

How did NTUC FairPrice, Singapore's largest retailer, save approximately 4.5 million Singaporean dollars a year using standards? Find out here.

Senegal drinking water increases quality with standards!

Case studies

Name Country Industry Type of study Downloads [PDF]
PT. Wijaya Karya (WIKA) Beton Indonesia Construction Economic
NTUC Fairprice, Singapore Singapore Food retail / food logistics Economic
PTT Chemical Public Company Limited (PTTCH) Thailand Agri-food business Economic
Electrical Devices Joint Stock Company No. 1 (VINAKIP) Vietnam Electrical appliances Economic
Festo Brasil Brazil Industrial automation equipment Economic
Gerfor Colombia Pipes and piping systems Economic
DanPer Trujillo and Civil Association FrioAereo Peru Agri-food business Economic
Lobatse Clay Works (PTY) Ltd Botswana Construction & construction materials Economic
Pretoria Portland Cement Company Limited (PPC Cement) South Africa Construction & construction materials Economic
Siemens AG Germany Electrical power transmission Economic
Nanotron Technologies GmbH Germany Information & telecommunication Economic
PPP Piping Systems Ltd Mauritius Pipes and piping systems Economic
Juhayna Food Industries Egypt Juice production Economic
Petra Engineering Industries Jordan Heating, ventilation, air conditioning Economic
Holcim Lebanon Construction & construction materials Economic
Maga Engineering Sri Lanka Construction & construction materials Economic
Dalian Shipbuilding China Shipbuilding Economic
Xinxing Iron Pipes China Pipes and piping systems Economic
ChocoCam  Cameroon Agri-food business Economic
Water Senegal  Senegal Water supply Economic
Mapei Italy Construction & construction materials Economic
Baltika Breweries Russian Federation Beer brewing Economic
Singapore City Square Mall Singapore Retail Economic
Teckwah Industrial Corporation Ltd Singapore Packaging Economic
Shanghai Shuguang Hospital for Chinese Medicine China Hospital Social/environmental
Shenzhen Water Resources Bureau China River management Social/environmental
Jinan 12345 Hotline Service China Public enquiry service Social/environmental
Shenzhen LED standards alliance China LED lighting for city infrastructure Social/environmental
China Ping An Insurance company China Insurance and Banking Social/environmental
Shenzhen Meteorological Service Center China Meteorological services Social/environmental
Shenzhen Transport Commission China Public transport Social/environmental