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.


  • Economic benefits of standards
    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, …
  • Economic benefits of Standards - ISO Methodology 2.0
    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 …
  • ISO Methodology toolbox

    The toolbox consists of various elements –  presentations, calculation tools, checklists, questionnaires and reporting templates – helping to use the ISO methodology

  • Economic benefits of standards Volume 1
    This ground-breaking book presents "The ISO Methodology to assess the economic benefits of standards" in action.
  • Economic benefits of standards Volume 2
    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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Baltika Breweries
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Nanotron technician working at a desk
NTUC Fairprice Director Gerry Lee in a supermarket
NTUC FairPrice
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Sénégalaise des Eaux (SDE)

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Case study Country Industry Type of study Downloads [PDF]
PT. Wijaya Karya (WIKA) Beton Indonesia Construction & construction materials Economic
NTUC Fairprice, Singapore Singapore Food retail / food logistics Economic
PTT Chemical Public Company Limited (PTTCH) Thailand

Agri-food business

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

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

Mapei Italy

Construction & construction materials

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


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

China Ping An Insurance company China

Insurance and Banking

Shenzhen Meteorological Service Center China

Meteorological services


Shenzhen Transport Commission

China Public transport Social/environmental