Around the world, governments and regulators have been challenged by emerging trends in the sharing economy. In order to provide guidelines and recommendations on how to address these challenges, the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) held a workshop recently to develop an International Workshop Agreement (IWA) on the Sharing Economy.
The workshop, led by SCC in cooperation with CSA Group and ISED's Office of Consumer Affairs, was viewed as a tremendous success by all involved. Stakeholders from 15 countries—representing consumer organizations, government, industry and academia—came together to adopt by consensus specific guidelines that will be proposed in the IWA document on the Sharing Economy.
The document provides guiding principles and a framework for decision making and action to address key social, environmental and economic impacts and opportunities of the sharing economy. The goal is to mitigate risks while ensuring a positive experience for those involved. Once finalized, the IWA document will be sent to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for approval and publication. It can then be used by people operating in the sharing economy to guide their operations. It may also be used as the basis for a future national or international standard.
"As the leader of Canada’s standardization network, SCC is proud to have delivered this workshop. The IWA demonstrates what can be accomplished when experts come together to develop innovative standardization solutions." John Walter, CEO, Standards Council of Canada.
"It was exciting and gratifying to see diverse experts from around the world come together to develop the IWA—an important piece of the puzzle as the world comes to grips with the challenges and opportunities associated with the sharing economy." Kernaghan Webb, Chair, Workshop to develop an IWA on the Sharing Economy.
“CSA Group is pleased to have worked with the SCC, ISED, Dr. Webb as Chair, and Mr. Jackson as Vice-Chair on the ISO IWA on the Sharing Economy,” said Mary Cianchetti, President of Standards at CSA Group. “This work aligns well with our commitment to developing innovative solutions to challenging societal issues and we anticipate that the IWA will serve as valuable guidance to all stakeholders involved in the sharing economy.”
About the Standards Council of Canada:
SCC is a Crown corporation that leads Canada’s standardization network. SCC facilitates the development and use of national and international standards and accreditation services in order to enhance Canada's competitiveness and well-being. SCC is part of the Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada portfolio. For additional information on SCC, visit www.scc.ca.