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"Standards Mean Business" Set as 2002 World Standards Day Theme

Activities Planned for the Week of October 14-18, 2002

New York, Feb 27, 2002

The U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day (WSD) Planning Committee recently announced that it has selected "Standards Mean Business" as the theme for World Standards Day 2002.

This year's theme reflects the critical role that open, consensus-based industry standards play in facilitating local, national, and global trade and commerce. Industry-based standards and related conformity assessment programs provide the necessary framework that enables businesses to advance existing and new products and services into the marketplace. Standards also form the basis for interoperability and transportability of similar goods and services from multiple businesses, thereby supporting market opportunities, reducing consumer costs, and fostering economic expansion. Whether providing technical, operational, or business process solutions, standards and conformity assessment programs underscore the hand-in-glove relationships necessary to promote affordable, sustainable products in a competitive and vibrant economy.

The U.S. standards and conformity assessment community will celebrate World Standards Day with a special exhibition, reception and dinner on Wednesday, October 16 in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

The festivities will include presentation of the Ronald Brown Standards Leadership Award, which is named for the late U.S. Secretary of Commerce who was killed while on a trade mission to Central Europe. This award recognizes demonstrated leadership in promoting the important role of standardization in eliminating global barriers to trade. The award recipient, who is also invited to provide the evening's keynote address, will join a distinguished group of previous winners, including executives of Deere and Company, Marriott Corporation, Tenneco, Boeing, Ameritech, Amp Inc. and Motorola and the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Also on the agenda will be a presentation of the first place award to the winner(s) of the World Standards Day Paper Contest. This annual competition, co-sponsored by the WSD Planning Committee and the Standards Engineering Society, is designed to raise the awareness of the importance of standards, as well as present various perspectives on national and international standards issues as they apply to the WSD theme.

Updated information, including individual ticket pricing and sponsorship details, will be provided in the near future.


A primary goal of World Standards Day is to raise awareness of the importance of global standardization to the world economy and to promote its role in helping meet the needs of business, industry, government, and consumers worldwide. This international event pays tribute to the thousands of volunteers around the world who participate in standardization activities. The first World Standards Day was celebrated on 14 October 1970, at the initiative of the ISO President of the time, Mr. Faruk Sünter (Turkey).

The U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day (WSD) Planning Committee is comprised of representatives from a wide range of technical and commercial fields as well as from the U.S. government; the committee is co-hosted by ANSI and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) is serving as the administrative organization for this year's event.


World Standards Week 2002

In addition to the World Standard Day Banquet, ANSI will sponsor a series of events during the week of October 14-18, 2002 ("World Standards Week"). Setting the stage for a week of educational and festive activities is the Institute’s 2002 Annual Conference, "Breaking Down Borders--Business, Standards and Trade," a two-day event that will begin on Tuesday, October 15. Later that evening ANSI will host the Annual Conference Reception, which will be followed by the traditional Award’s Banquet and Ceremony. After the Annual Business Meeting on Wednesday morning, October 16, the Annual Conference presentations will continue and conclude with a Keynote Lunch. On Thursday, October 17, ANSI’s Membership Councils will hold their the joint meeting.

For a complete listing of ANSI-sponsored 2002 World Standards Week events, please see the Events section of ANSI Online.

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