Inclusion in Standards:

A Survey of US ANSI-Accredited Standards Developing Organizations (SDOs) – July 2020

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Attracting Under-represented Interest Categories – Stakeholder Participation in the Standards Development Process

Presented by Karin Athanas, Women in Standards Board President during the 69th Annual SES Virtual Conference

This presentation will discuss which interest categories are reported to be the least represented in standards development and offer insights on approaches that can be used to increase participation.

“Efforts to broaden the demographics of a committee must go hand in hand with strengthening the technical qualification of members.” - Anonymous

In the fall of 2019, Women in Standards approached ANSI-accredited standards developing organizations (SDOs) to seek their assistance. We were looking for insight on the status and composition of standards development participants and which interest groups may be under-represented and the status of inclusion in standards development in the United States.

Women in Standards hopes that the information provided will assist standards professionals and contributors in making meaningful change to their programs, approaching potential participants in new ways, and enhancing their programs to better meet the needs of currently underrepresented groups.

Words of Support from Standards Developing Organizations

“Since its beginning, AGMA has always believed, and championed; diversity and inclusion in its own operations as well as those of its members and the gearing industry at large.  And we feel, supporting, and being involved with, “Women in Standards” fits right in with that belief.” – AGMA

“As the cultural shift to broader definitions of diversity and inclusion continues to expand in scope and complexity, we must uplift and remove barriers for growth and success for everyone. I’m so pleased to participate in this survey and be a part of this Women in Standards initiative.” – NADCA

“The Society of Allied Weight Engineers (SAWE) is very proud to be recognized as a Standards Developing Organization which fully embraces and relies upon the vibrancy and work ethics of our diverse member body. Without this broad participation we would not be able to fully implement our technical meeting and standards development activities. “ – SAWE

About Women in Standards

Women in Standards is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization which works with the standards industry to develop and promote a diverse ecosystem of standards development participants.

Through our outreach and programs, we invite new individuals to the standards community, provide them with support and education to help them grow in their role as standards contributors and professionals, and bring visibility to issues of inclusion and balance in standards development.

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Infographic of survey results