ISO standards and achieving the goals of sustainable development

1. Grujić Radoslav, Republic of Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina
2. Nenad Stojanović, Visoka medicinska šlola Prijedor, Republic of Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina

The pursuit of faster industrial development and poverty reduction in the world, on the one hand, and the fear of exploiting natural resources and endangering the planet Earth, on the other hand, have influenced the emergence of more ideas on how to harmonize these processes. One of globally accepted the solutions is summarized in a process defined as sustainable development. Sustainable development has become an imperative for most human activities. The formal form of the process was given in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which was adopted by all members of the United Nations in 2015. 17 goals have been set, which need to be reached by 2030.
International ISO standards affect the organization and efficiency of processes in production and service organizations. Several ISO standards contain requirements that are compatible with the goals of sustainable development. Since the same or similar indicators are used, the question arises to what extent implementation ISO standards contributes to the achievement of sustainable development goals.
Based on data on the number of organizations in 10 Balkan countries, which in the period 2007-2019 certified ISO standards, the authors analyzed the contribution of the application of standards ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 22000, ISO 13485 to achieving the goals of sustainable development (SDG Index). ISO data, United Nations - Department of Economic and Social Affairs data and data from other relevant sources were used during the analysis. Based on the above data using statistical techniques to investigate the links between variables, the impact of the number of applied certified standards (4 ISO standards) and indicators for monitoring the progress of sustainable development through the achievement of goal 3 (good health and well-being - 15 indicators), of goal 9 infrastructure - 9 indicators) and of goal 13 (climate change prevention - 3 indicators) of sustainable development was determined in 10 Balkan countries.

Ključne reči: ISO standards; Goals of sustainable development

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Datum: 02.08.2021.

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