The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is a worldwide federation of national standards bodies from some 100 countries, one from each country. ISO is a non-governmental organization established in 1947. The mission of ISO is to promote the development of standardization and related activities in the world with a view to facilitating the international exchange of goods and services, and to developing cooperation in the spheres of intellectual, scientific, technological and economic activity. ISO's work results in international agreements which are published as International Standards. ISO is not an acronym for International Organization for Standardization, but a Greek word meaning equal. (remember isoceles triangles from school, meaning equal sided), and is valid in English, French and Russian, the three official languages of ISO.