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World Standards Day 2020

World Standards Day 2020

Protecting the planet with standards

Earth, a finite vessel of life in the vastness of our solar system. Life on earth depends on energy coming from the sun. However, over the last century human and large-scale industrial activities of our modern civilization have added to the earth’s natural greenhouse gases. They negatively impact our climate and with it all forms of life. At the same time rapid population growth and broad urbanization call for the responsible use of limited resources.

To reduce human impact on our planet, we need the political will, concrete action and the right tools. International standards are one such tool. The international standards prepared by IEC, ISO and ITU take into account tried and true solutions to technical challenges. They help share expertise and expert know-how broadly within developed and developing countries alike. Standards cover all aspects of energy savings, water and air quality. They lay down standardized protocols and methods of measurement. Their broad use helps reduce the environmental impact of industrial production and processes, facilitates the reuse of limited resources and improves energy efficiency.

Winners of the World Standards Day 2020 poster competition announced


IEC, ISO and ITU are happy to announce the winners of the World Standards Day 2020 poster contest:
  • The winner: Jyoti Bisht from India
  • The two runners-up: Avishek Sahoo from India and Mohsen Jafari from the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Congratulations to all our 2020 winners!


You can download the winning poster design here.

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The winner: Jyoti Bisht from India

Where do you live:


I live in India in a city called Noida

How did you hear about the poster contest:


I came to know about WSD poster contest from communication emailer sent to all employees by my organization’s CIFSC – Corporate Industry Forums and Standards Cell.

Your current job and the studies you have undertaken:


I work as a Designer in Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). I am a graduate in fine arts.

Do you use International Standards in your job?:


Yes we use international standards like ISO at our workplace.

Why are standards important in protecting the planet in your opinion:


The standards help preserve nature and environment against damages, and also encourage people to repair past damages caused by human activities.

What is the inspiration behind your design:


Nature itself is an inspiration behind my design. I represented my idea through paper cut design technique without actually using paper, but instead using a digital software. With paper cut shapes, I composited the planet scene with various utilities that follow international standards to keep our planet safe and flourishing.

In what way does the poster illustrate this year’s theme ‘Protecting the planet with standards’

In my poster I created a wide variety of modern utilities such as electric cars, marine life, alternate sources of energy, and many more, all of which leave little to zero footprint on our planet when they are used by us, because they comply with international standards. Thus, I wanted to send out a message that by using such products which follow international standards we can protect our planet from irreversible damage such as through carbon emissions and greenhouse gases. The whole idea is to make viewers aware of wide variety of utilities in our day to day life that use international standards to protect our planet.

Anything else you would like to add:


Yes, I personally liked the concept of protecting the planet through standards which I got to know while I was working on this poster. I went and did extensive background research on how international standards are useful in protecting our planet and that knowledge was a great learningDownload the high resolution .pdf here.

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1st runner-up: Avishek Sahoo from India

Where do you live:

I live in Eastern India, in the state of West Bengal, in the city of Howrah, the twin city of Kolkata. To be precise, I live in the Balitikuri ESI Hospital Campus.

How did you hear about the poster contest:

I became aware of the contest through mailer from CIFSC (Corporate Industry Forums and Standards Cell of my organization Tata Consultancy Services Limited. CIFSC facilitates contributions to Global standards development in various Standards development organizations including WSC (IEC-ISO-ITU). TCS also observes World Standards Day in October.

Your current job and the studies you have undertaken:

I am a Graphic Designer and Video Editor at Tata Consultancy Services.
I have completed Bachelor of Fine Arts (commercial art) from ‘The Indian College Of Arts And Draftsmanship’ in 2015. University: Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata.

Do you use International Standards in your job?:

The organisation I work for is very particular about standards and procedures. In our organization, we have TCS Integrated Quality Management System (iQMS) which integrates processes, people and technology maturity through various established frameworks and practices, including IEEE, ISO 9001: 2000, CMMi, SW-CMM, P-CMM and Six-Sigma.

Some of the standards we use in our quality management are listed below:


  • CMMi for DEV – iQMS Mapping Document and PIID
  • CMMi for SVC – iQMS Mapping Document and PIID
  • ISO 9001 – iQMS Mapping Document
  • ISO 20000 – iQMS Mapping Document
  • ISO 22301 – iQMS Mapping Document
  • ISO 13485 – iQMS Mapping Document
  • AS 9100 – iQMS Mapping Document
  • TL 9000 – iQMS Mapping Document
  • ISO 14001 – iQMS Mapping Document
  • OHSAS 18001 – iQMS Mapping Document
  • ISO 30102 – iQMS Mapping Document
  • ISO 45001 – iQMS Mapping Document
  • ISO/IEC 27001:2013 – Information Security Management

Why are standards important in protecting the planet in your opinion:

We are all very busy trying to achieve our personal goals, to create a smart and productive planet. Standards remind us where we are breaking the rules of nature and make us realise that the effects of our deeds come back to us. As they say: so you sow, so shall you reap. Standards are there to protect the planet which in turn means it is there to protect every being living on this planet, humans included. The rules and quality management guidance set up by standards, will help to create a sustainable future.

What is the inspiration behind your design:

I have been observing the current situation of the world around me, the state of the environment and have tried to convey a visual message for awareness.

In what way does the poster illustrate this year’s theme ‘Protecting the planet with standards’
In this poster, eco-friendly elements surround the Earth, as if they are protecting the planet while the slogan of the contest “Protect the planet with standards”, acts as a filter, and keeps the pollutants away. This was my way of depicting how Standards protect the planet.

Anything else you would like to add:

I would like to say thank you to my family, friends, colleagues and everyone who believed in me for their unwavering support. It was with their help and faith in me that I could attain this special achievement. When I submitted my entries for this poster competition, I just did it for the experience of it, never thinking my work would get selected by the jury and then voted for by so many people!

Thank you to World Standards Cooperation for this special and engaging initiative.

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2nd runner-up: Mohsen Jafari from the Islamic Republic of Iran


Where do you live:


Yazd, Islamic Republic of Iran

How did you hear about the poster contest:


I heard about the contest, through the official announcements by ISIRI. I had also participated in 2017 poster contest.

Your current job and the studies you have undertaken:


I am a graphic designer/ cartoonist. I have B.A in costume designing and M.A in graphics.

Do you use International Standards in your job?:


The nature of my job is conveying the message through the creation of a picture. Doing so necessitates meeting the various standards (e.g. ISO 216), as well as being creative so that it could address all individuals from different cultures and backgrounds.

Why are standards important in protecting the planet in your opinion:


To me, standards are like the Holy Book. History has proven that human beings tend to hurt themselves by crossing the red lines. Standards avoid it.

What is the inspiration behind your design:


A bird’s nest as a place for protection…

In what way does the poster illustrate this year’s theme ‘Protecting the planet with standards’

A bird’s nest is a structure for which it builds to protect its eggs and it surely considers basic standards to make it sustainable. For my own design, I was looking for the purest elements of nature to express this concept.

Egg: symbol of Earth/ source of life/ delicate and fragile

Bird’s nest comprised of rulers: symbol of standards

Ruler: symbol of measurement and standards

Anything else you would like to add:


Thank you for holding this great competition.

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