The Saint Lucia Bureau of Standards (SLBS) is pleased to inform of the latest results of the increased participation in International Standardization, a significant outcome of the Commonwealth Standards Network (CSN) project which provided technical assistance aimed at SLBS leveraging, Saint Lucia’s ISO membership to ensure the participation of Small Island State States (SIDS) in relevant and emerging global issues.

Saint Lucia, was one of 70 countries who participated in the development of an international standard on Governance in Organizations.

The SLBS Technical Committee (TC) 18 Management Services subcommittee on Governance facilitated Saint Lucia’s participation in the process by mirroring the work of the ISO TC 309 Governance in organizations.  The committee brought together representatives of educational and research institutions, management consultants, governance experts, consumer groups, government agencies and special interest groups, among others, with a wealth of knowledge and experience that was used to guide Saint Lucia’s participation in the international work and national adoptions.

The standard ISO 37000:2021 Governance of Organizations – Guidance, provides organizations and their governing bodies with the tools needed to be accountable, transparent and maintain ethical standards in their operations.  Effectively the standards principle-based requirements for steering an organization effectively, and ensuring that the operations of the organization fulfils its purpose and owner-stakeholder’s objectives. To date there are a number of these international standards adopted nationally and used in Saint Lucia.

The ISO standard published on 15th September, 2021 is available for purchase from the SLBS and the Technical Committee is expected to propose identical national adoption within the next 3 to 6 months, to facilitate the accessibility of this guidance document to all public and private sector organizations (large and small), as well as non-governmental organizations.

The SLBS will conduct a national seminar on Governance in Organizations, as part of activities to commemorate World Standards Day on 14th October 2021, with feature speaker Dr Axel Kravatzky, Co-convenor of ISO TC 309 WG 1 and Vice Chair of ISO TC 309.

Objectives:
• Highlight importance of world standards day and standards support towards SDGs
• Introduce the newly published ISO Standard ISO 37000: 2021 Governance of Organisations
• Inform on role of SLBS and national technical experts in ISO TC 309 Governance in Organisations
• Showcase work and contributions of Saint Lucia in the development of ISO 37000
• Present key principles of Governance in organisations
• Highlight leadership and membership of national subcommittee on Governance and parent TC 18 Management Services
• Discuss national adoption status for ISO 37000