National Initiative – Mexico

Compliant with Mexico’s National Development Plan 2013-2018 (Plan Nacional de Desarrollo), the Mexican Platform for Voluntary Sustainability Standards adds to the objectives established for the country’s sustainability landscape. Particularly, it falls under the IV.2 Action plan, being this the elimination of barriers to Mexico’s productive potential. Among the resolutions established for such plan, the encouragement and advancement of sustainable growth is contemplated as crucial.

The Mexican Platform will be launched in April 2018 as a result of the joint collaboration with the Mexican Government, the UNFS and the German Institute for Development Managing Global Governance program.

General Bureau of Standards (DGN)

The General Bureau of Standards (DGN for its initials in Spanish) constitutes the responsible governmental entity overseeing the national standardization processes and conformance assessment procedures. Its mandate includes coordinating the development and dissemination of national standards, the registration and monitoring of standardization national bodies and Mexico’s participation in mutual recognition agreements on the matter.

Beyond Mexican borders, DGN serves as the focal point to (1) collaborate in the articulation of international standardization schemes, (2) enable information and expertise sharing among national and international institutions, (3) participate in collaborative arrangements contributing to best regulatory practices and (4) add to the international economic dynamism.


Steering Committee led by the General Bureau of Standards attached to the Ministry of Economy.

Multi-Stakeholder Committee integrated by:

  Governmental agencies

  National standardization bodies

   National certification bodies

   Representatives from the industries

   Civil society


Activities on VSS

–  Engage a multiplicity of stakeholders in the dissemination of VSS and their relevance

–  Raise awareness on Mexico’s sustainability prospects and their advancement in the light of VSS implementation

–  Survey the most relevant actors within the industries on the integration of VSS in their activities

Contact person:

Sofía Pacheco Niño de Rivera (Director of Standardization and Foreign Affairs)