SDG 8 - Decent work and economic growth

Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

SDG 8 

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Safety of workers and economic growth

IEC International Standards together with testing and certification increase the safety of electric tools and of the workers who use them. They also help increase economic productivity and simplify technological upgrading. International standards contain global consensus and expertise; they are recognized by the World Trade Organization as an essential tool to reducing barriers to global trade.

63 IEC TC/SCs, 1 IEC SyC and 4 IEC CA Systems contribute to SDG 8.

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IEC for SDGs

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IEC work addresses topics related to decent work and economic growth

Energy access

Energy access

Alarm and security systems

Alarm and security systems

Fibre optics

Fibre optics and cables

Computing hardware and software

Computing hardware and software

Lighting

Lighting

Technological upgrade

Technological upgrade

Measuring equipment

Measuring equipment

Ultrasonics

Ultrasonics

Television

Television

Safety

Safety

Competence assessment

Competence assessment

Environmental conditions classification

Environmental conditions classification

Electroheating

Electroheating

Radio

Radio

Sustainable transport (train, airplane, metro, bus)

Sustainable transport (train, airplane, metro, bus)

Safety of machinery and tools

Safety of machinery and tools

Energy efficiency

Energy efficiency

Multimedia systems

Multimedia systems

EMI protection

EMI protection

IEC work directly impacts the following SDG targets

8.2 Achieve higher levels of economic productivity through diversification, technological upgrading and innovation

IEC International Standards together with testing and certification help increase economic productivity and simplify technological upgrading. They contain industry best-practice, measurements and ratings that simplify innovation and market access.

  • IEC TC 3 and 2 SCs: Documentation, graphical symbols and representations of technical information;
  • IEC SC 17C: Assemblies;
  • IEC SC 65A: System aspects;
  • IEC TC 86 and 3 SCs: Fibre optics;
  • IEC TC 96: Transformers, reactors, power supply units;
  • IEC TC 100: Audio, video and multimedia systems and equipment, in particular, IEC TC 100/TA 1: Terminals for audio, video and data services and contents;
  • IEC TC 100/TA 2: Colour measurement and management;
  • IEC TC 100/TA 4: Digital system interfaces and protocols;
  • IEC TC 100/TA 5: Cable networks for television signals, sound signals and interactive services;
  • IEC TC 100/TA 6: Storage media, storage data structures, storage systems and equipment;
  • IEC TC 100/TA 10: Multimedia e-publishing and e-book technologies;
  • IEC TC 100/TA 15: Wireless Power Transfer;
  • IEC TC 100/TA 16: Active Assisted Living (AAL), accessibility and user interfaces;
  • IEC TC 100/TA 17: Multimedia systems and equipment for cars;
  • IEC TC 103: Radio communication equipment;
  • IEC TC 107: Process management for avionics;
  • IEC TC 119: Printed electronics;
  • IEC TC 124: Wearable electronic devices;
  • IEC SyC AAL: Active assisted living;
  • ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 41: Internet of things and related technologies;
  • IECEE: IEC System of Conformity Assessment Schemes for Electrotechnical Equipment and Components;
  • IECEx: IEC System for Certification to Standards Relating to Equipment for Use in Explosive Atmospheres;
  • IECQ: IEC Quality Assessment System for Electronic Components.

8.4 Improve global resource efficiency in consumption and production

IEC work stimulates resource efficiency in production, increases consistency of product quality and reliability, and provides guidelines for recycling and waste management.

  • IEC SC 17A: Switching devices;
  • IEC SC 17C: Assemblies;
  • IEC TC 21: Secondary cells and batteries;
  • IEC SC 21A: Secondary cells and batteries containing alkaline or other non-acid electrolytes;
  • IEC SC 45A: Instrumentation, control and electrical power systems of nuclear facilities;
  • IEC TC 56: Dependability;
  • IEC TC 96: Transformers, reactors, power supply units;
  • IEC TC 97: Electrical installations for lighting at airports and runways;
  • IEC TC 104: Environmental conditions, classification and methods of test;
  • IEC TC 110: Electronic displays;
  • IEC TC 111: Environmental standardization;

8.8 Promote safe and secure working environments

Many workers are exposed to undue risks in their workplaces. Several hundred IEC International Standards promote safe working environments, protecting workers from electric shocks, hazardous substances, cuts, burns, and other injuries.

  • CISPR and 7 SCs: Measurement of electromagnetic disturbances and radio interference including for equipment used in manufacturing, computing and communication;
  • IEC TC 3 and 2 SCs: Documentation, graphical symbols and representations of technical information;
  • IEC TC 5: Steam turbines;
  • IEC TC 9: Electrical equipment and systems for railways;
  • IEC SC 17A: Switching devices;
  • IEC SC 17C: Assemblies;
  • IEC TC 27: Industrial electroheating and electromagnetic processing;
  • IEC TC 29: Electroacoustics;
  • IEC TC 34: Lamps and related equipment;
  • IEC TC 44: Safety of machinery;
  • IEC SC 45A: Instrumentation, control and electrical power systems of nuclear facilities;
  • IEC TC 56: Dependability;
  • IEC SC 59F: Performance of household and similar electrical appliances - Commercial surface cleaning machines;
  • IEC SC 61J: Electrical motor-operated cleaning appliances for commercial use;
  • IEC TC 76: Optical radiation safety and laser equipment;
  • IEC TC 77 and 3 SCs: Electromagnetic compatibility;
  • IEC TC 85: Measuring equipment;
  • IEC TC 87: Ultrasonics;
  • IEC TC 94: All-or-nothing electrical relays;
  • IEC TC 97: Electrical installations for lighting at airports and runways;
  • IEC TC 101: Electrostatics;
  • IEC TC 103: Radio communication equipment;
  • IEC TC 104: Environmental conditions, classification and methods of test;
  • IEC TC 106: Measurement methods for human exposure to electromagnetic fields;
  • IEC TC 108: Safety of audio/video, information and communication technology equipment;
  • IEC TC 109: Insulation for low-voltage equipment;
  • IEC TC 110: Electronic displays;
  • IEC TC 116: Safety of motor operated electric tools;
  • IEC TC 124: Wearable electronic devices;
  • IECEx: IEC System for Certification to Standards Relating to Equipment for Use in Explosive Atmospheres;
  • IECQ: IEC Quality Assessment System for Electronic Components.

 

IEC and SDGs

End poverty and hunger. Achieve food security and promote sustainable agriculture

Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

Reduce inequality within and among countries

Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

Conserve and sustainably use ocean, sea and marine resources

Promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, halt and reverse land degradation and biodiversity loss

Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable institutions at all levels

Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development