High standards: a better way to regulate?

Technical and organisational standards permeate many areas of business life but are often invisible or misunderstood. Isabella Kaminski explores how they dovetail with environmental regulation and asks whether the system could be improved

Scandals such as VW being caught cheating on diesel car emissions tests have highlighted the important role of technical standards. Photograph: Deutsches Zentrum für Luft und RaumfahrtIn corporate offices and nondescript meeting rooms around the world, thousands of people from a variety of professional backgrounds are discussing and diligently crafting documents that affect how companies operate as organisations and how they make and market their products and services.

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