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Global Go To Think Tank Index (GGTTI) 2020 launched                    111,75 Think Tanks across the world ranked in different categories.                SDPI is ranked 90th among “Top Think Tanks Worldwide (non-US)”.           SDPI stands 11th among Top Think Tanks in South & South East Asia & the Pacific (excluding India).            SDPI notches 33rd position in “Best New Idea or Paradigm Developed by A Think Tank” category.                SDPI remains 42nd in “Best Quality Assurance and Integrity Policies and Procedure” category.              SDPI stands 49th in “Think Tank to Watch in 2020”.            SDPI gets 52nd position among “Best Independent Think Tanks”.                           SDPI becomes 63rd in “Best Advocacy Campaign” category.                   SDPI secures 60th position in “Best Institutional Collaboration Involving Two or More Think Tanks” category.                       SDPI obtains 64th position in “Best Use of Media (Print & Electronic)” category.               SDPI gains 66th position in “Top Environment Policy Tink Tanks” category.                SDPI achieves 76th position in “Think Tanks With Best External Relations/Public Engagement Program” category.                    SDPI notches 99th position in “Top Social Policy Think Tanks”.            SDPI wins 140th position among “Top Domestic Economic Policy Think Tanks”.               SDPI is placed among special non-ranked category of Think Tanks – “Best Policy and Institutional Response to COVID-19”.                                            Owing to COVID-19 outbreak, SDPI staff is working from home from 9am to 5pm five days a week. All our staff members are available on phone, email and/or any other digital/electronic modes of communication during our usual official hours. You can also find all our work related to COVID-19 in orange entries in our publications section below.    The Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) is pleased to announce its Twenty-third Sustainable Development Conference (SDC) from 14 – 17 December 2020 in Islamabad, Pakistan. The overarching theme of this year’s Conference is Sustainable Development in the Times of COVID-19. Read more…       FOOD SECIRITY DASHBOARD: On 4th Nov, SDPI has shared the first prototype of Food Security Dashboard with Dr Moeed Yousaf, the Special Assistant to Prime Minister on  National Security and Economic Outreach in the presence of stakeholders, including Ministry of National Food Security and Research. Provincial and district authorities attended the event in person or through zoom. The dashboard will help the government monitor and regulate the supply chain of essential food commodities.

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Published Date: Apr 1, 2001

An Update on ISO 14,000 Series Related Activities (W-61)

Faisal Haq Shaheen


For many years, industry and environmentalists have been at odds over the issue of environmental protection.  Conceptually, long-term sustainable conservation efforts can be positively affected by changing the daily operations at hundreds of thousands of production, storage and distribution facilities around the world.  The International Standards Organizaion (ISO) 14,000 series has been a follow up to the quality oriented ISO 9,000 series of standards and is designed to enable business and organizational entities to measure, monitor and manage their environmental impacts that result from day to day activities.  Mostly the industry-led initiative is changing the way businesses operate and perform both qualitatively and environmentally on a daytoday basis.  The theory is that environmental performance can be achieved by increasing environmental management effectiveness.

As developing nations struggle to build their economies around ‘export led growth’, the ISO series of standards have become flags with which the buyers from the developed nations can differentiate between firms having capacity to meet standards and those that may not possess such a capability.  The presumption is that the firms, which are concerned with quality and/or environmental impact, will be proactive in marketing by complying with a recognized Total Quality Management (TQM) or Environmental Management Standards (EMS), whereas the firms, which are not proactive, will not meet these standards.

At present, developing nations rely on developed countries audit firms to perform auditing functions for them.  Technical assistance and expertise mobilization may make it possible for Southern countries to develop their own ISO 14,000 accreditation bodies to manage and audit activities of local audit firms.