Submitted by: Intertek
Posted: Feb 11, 2013 – 01:55 PM EST
The International Trade Centre (ITC), a joint organization of the United Nations and World Trade Organization based in Geneva, Switzerland, has one goal: to help businesses become more competitive in global markets, speeding economic development and contributing to sustainable development.
As part of this goal, ITC has developed a new web platform called Standards Map that provides comprehensive and comparable information on sustainability standards and audit protocols, with the aim to strengthen the capacity of producers, exporters and buyers to participate in more sustainable production and trade.
ITC collaborates with over 75 organizations that have developed standards systems, codes and reporting systems, among which is INTERTEK Workplace Conditions Assessment (WCA): a software based platform that enables automated data collection leading to ratings based measurable audit results. Users of the WCA have access to invaluable data mining tools that can help set performance metrics which are capable of being benchmarked against global, industry, and country averages. As of January 2013, there are over 8000 participating facilities in the WCA program.
The Standards Map platform offers an online tool that enables users to make analyses, comparisons and reviews of sustainability standards and audit protocols using a unique set of criteria, audit best practices and good governance models.
The information on INTERTEK Workplace Conditions Assessment is now made available on the Standards Map platform enable users to perform customized analyses, save their settings online and share work with their social media networks, such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
A free trial access to the Standards Map online comparison tool is offered to all new users who register from the Standards Map homepage. A series of free tutorials on how to use the Standards map platform and comparison tool will be organized in the coming weeks will be available to newly registered users who send an email stating "Interested in free Standards Map tutorial" to firstname.lastname@example.org. The latest news and updates on Standards Map activities, workshops, webinars and partnerships can be followed via ITC Standards Map's social media channels on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
ITC Standards Map is one of the five web portals developed by the International Trade Centre to enhance the transparency of global trade and market access and to help users in their market analyses (Trade Map, Market Access Map, Investment Map, Trade Competitiveness Map and Standards Map). For more information about these tools, please visit www.intracen.org/marketanalysis.
The Standards Map team
Trade for Sustainable Development (T4SD)
Market Analysis and Research (MAR)
Division of Market Development (DMD)
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