The guide is intended to raise awareness among members of ISO TCs and SCs regarding the ways in which the application of International Standards developed by ISO can affect sustainability. It provides a systematic and consistent approach for considering and addressing sustainability issues in the standards development context. The guide cautions against concluding that specific activities, products, or services are sustainable, and notes the complex web of factors, variables, and conditions that can affect sustainability outcomes.
ISO Guide 82 was developed by the ISO Technical Management Board (TMB) Sustainability Guidance Drafting Group (SGDG). The SGDG is made of up TMB members - including the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the U.S. member body to ISO - and external sustainability experts who were nominated by members of the TMB [see related story].