Welcome to WCO – The World Corrosion Organization

Welcome to WCO – The World Corrosion Organization

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Our Vision

Effective corrosion control measures are implemented by governments and corporations globally.


Our Mission

To faciliate global implementation of best practices in corrosion protection for public welfare.


Our Strategic Objectives

  • Raise public awareness of corrosion to governments, corporations and the public.
  • Identify world best practices of corrosion mitigation.
  • Facilitate provision of corrosion control expertise.
  • Acquire sufficient funding to support our programs to fulfill our strategic objectives.


Achieving Our Goals

Joint committees have been designated to work on strategies for achieving each goal. We meet regularly via the Internet because of widespread locations and differing time zones. 


Facebook CompetitionNew_Star

To raise awareness about the damage that corrosion can cause, the World Corrosion Organization has organized a competition to assist this cause.  Titled "Saving the world from damage caused by corrosion" you are invited to show us your creativity on this issue via our Facebook page. Please click on the Facebook link or view details of the competition here. Competition closes 31.07.2015.


Corrosion Awareness Day 2015

To promote awareness about the upcoming Corrosion Awareness Day in 2015 (April 24), Director General George Hays has written an open letter to all. View his letter here (PDF 179 kb).



Our Members

International, national and other not-for-profit organizations involved in dissemination of corrosion information, corrosion research, education, mitigation, and/or materials selection.

Our Affiliates

Organizations that are interested in corrosion and corrosion mitigation, but do not meet the criteria required of members.

Upcoming Meetings

Please check the schedule of the individual conferences for the date and time of WCO meetings to be held at:

  • EUROCORR 2015, Graz, Austria, September 6-10, 2015
    • WCO Board of Administrators to meet

World Corrosion Organization Granted NGO Status by the United Nations

(July 14, 2010, New York, New York) – The World Corrosion Organization (WCO) has been granted Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status by the United Nations Department of Public Information Non-Governmental Organization (DPI/NGO) Section.

In selecting WCO for NGO status, the DPI/NGO recognizes that WCO has the unique capability to make a substantial contribution to the work of the DPI. By including WCO as a resource, the DPI acknowledges the need to provide greater corrosion prevention and mitigation guidance to the world.

See also: Recent Press Releases

Corrosion Costs and the Future

The following is an abstract from, “Now is the Time,” a paper presented by George F. Hays, PE, Director General, World Corrosion Organization.


At US $2.2 trillion, the annual cost of corrosion worldwide is over 3% of the world’s GDP. Yet, governments and industries pay little attention to corrosion except in high-risk areas like aircraft and pipelines. Now is the time for corrosion professionals to join together to educate industry, governments, and the public. Now is the time to work together to harmonize standards and practices around the world and to communicate and share corrosion mitigation technologies. Now is the time to make a major impact to protect the environment, preserve resources, and protect our fellow human beings.

Read the entire paper, “Now is the Time” (PDF 79 kb).

White Paper

The following is an abstract from, “Global Needs for Knowledge Dissemination, Research, and Development in Materials Deterioration and Corrosion Control,” a paper presented by Günter Schmitt, in cooperation with Michael Schütze, George F. Hays, Wayne Burns, En-Hou Han, Antoine Pourbaix, and Gretchen Jacobson.


Corrosion has been the subject of scientific study for more than 150 years. It is a naturally occurring phenomenon commonly defined as the deterioration of a material (usually a metal) or its properties because of a reaction with its environment. Like other natural hazards such as earthquakes or severe weather disturbances, corrosion can cause dangerous and expensive damage to everything from pipelines, bridges, and public buildings to vehicles, water and wastewater systems, and even home appliances. Unlike weather-related disasters, however, there are time-proven methods to prevent and control corrosion that can reduce or eliminate its impact on public safety, the economy, and the environment.

Read the entire paper, “Global Needs for Knowledge Dissemination, Research, and Development in Materials Deterioration and Corrosion Control” (PDF 1.98 mb).