The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) is seeking feedback from relevant stakeholders on the International Organization for Standardization’s (ISO’s) new field of technical activity proposal for the development of new standards on a sharing economy. All responses submitted to SCC will serve to generate a Canadian position on the proposal.
Purpose and justification for new field of activity
A combination of widespread internet use and technological developments has led to the emergence of a new trading model of goods and services often called the “sharing economy.” Rising global mobile device usage rates together with changing behavior of consumers are driving the growth of the sharing economy and encouraging new ways of connecting providers and customers. With the emergence of the sharing economy, there is a need to develop international standards that will ensure honesty, transparency, safety and security are considered and managed. These are key justifications that provide compelling reasons for the start of this new field of technical activity.
- Justification 1: Establishing standards in the field of sharing economy will help common understanding on both its opportunities and challenges, and provide global solutions to the issues.
- Justification 2: Development of standards to specify operational requirements for platform operators will help to increase customer confidence and enhance credibility of the new services being offered.
- Justification 3: As the sharing economy is a new, fast-growing industry which is not expected or considered to be covered by existing business laws, standards could play roles as guidelines to be followed, and could be used as references for formulating public policies in the field.
- Justification 4: Since discussions on the sharing economy are going on in several countries or regions, international cooperation is necessary given that the services have been already implemented internationally and best practices should be shared to overcome any troubles in common.
The growth of the sharing economy through international resources (SDG 8: Decent work and economic growth), giving individuals more chances to materialize their ideas and apply their skills (SDG 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure) and reactivating underutilized goods and services (SDG 11: Sustainable cities and communities).
Scope of proposed technical activity
The program will advance standardization in the field of the sharing economy to develop standards on terminology, operation and management of sharing economy platforms and guidance for implementation. The International Workshop Agreement 27 (IWA 27:2017), which was developed at a three-day workshop led by SCC in March 2017, defines sharing economy platforms as ‘information technology mechanisms that facilitate the ability for transactions to take place between those who have assets and services and those who want to use those assets and services.’
- Do you agree with the proposal?
- If yes, why, and do you wish to participate should a mirror committee be established?
- If no, why not?
Deadline for survey submission
SCC values your feedback on this proposal. Please fill out the stakeholder feedback form at https://www.surveymonkey.ca/r/sharing-economy-2018 no later than November 7, 2018.
The Standards Council of Canada is a federal Crown corporation with the mandate to promote efficient and effective standardization in Canada with the goal of enhancing Canada’s economic competitiveness and social well-being. It also accredits standards development and conformity assessment organizations. For more information on SCC’s programs visit www.scc.ca or email email@example.com.