“加拿大标准理事会认识到共享经济蕴藏的巨大价值，以及在该领域内推动并领导一场国际讨论的重要性。” SCC首席执行官兼ISO当选主席约翰·沃特（John Walter）如是说， “IWA的表明，来自全球各地的专家在新的创新领域制定标准化解决方案有多么显著。”
New ISO solution to support the sharing economy model
Whether it’s hailing a taxi, finding somewhere to stay on your travels or arranging help at home, new and sophisticated Websites and apps are ripping up traditional business models. A new ISO International Workshop Agreement aims to provide the foundation on which more standardization solutions to support the sharing economy can be built.
To address the challenges presented by the sharing economy, the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) led a workshop in March 2017 that developed an ISO International Workshop Agreement (IWA)1) in collaboration with CSA Group, an accredited standards development organization, and Canada’s Office of Consumer Affairs (OCA), which is part of the federal government.
SCC facilitated the workshop that resulted in the new ISO International Workshop Agreement – IWA 27:2017, Guiding principles and framework for the sharing economy – which provides solutions for an effective and efficient sharing economy. Stakeholders from 15 countries, representing consumer organizations, government, industry and academia, came together to adopt, by consensus, specific guidelines that are proposed in the new IWA.
IWA 27 offers a framework for decision making and action to address key social, environmental and economic impacts and opportunities of the sharing economy. It will help governments keep pace with change, aid policy development and better protect consumers and industry.
“SCC recognizes the tremendous value of the sharing economy, and the importance of facilitating and leading the international discussion in this area,” said John Walter, Chief Executive Officer of SCC and ISO President-elect. “The IWA demonstrates what can be accomplished when experts come together from around the world to develop standardization solutions in new and innovative areas.”
The sharing economy has grown significantly in the last decade and many companies are implementing this new style of business. Two notable examples are Airbnb and Uber, which are leading change in their respective industries solely based on sharing. But this new economic model comes with challenges, including tax, health and safety, and privacy, labour laws, to name a few.
The IWA 27 aims to:
An International Workshop Agreement (IWA) is an ISO document produced through an international workshop rather than through the full ISO technical committee process. Market players and other stakeholders directly participate in developing an IWA and do not have to go through a national delegation. An IWA can be developed swiftly (published in less than 12 months) to address a rapidly emerging market need or public policy requirement.
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