Welcome to WCO – The World Corrosion Organization
To promote education and best practices in corrosion control for the socio-economic benefit of society, preservation of resources, and protection of the environment.
- To raise public awareness of corrosion and corrosion control: To develop and implement a Corrosion Awareness Day that is recognized worldwide in the way we recognize Earth Day. A worldwide Corrosion Awareness Day will help create public awareness of corrosion and what the public – individuals – can do to control it.
- To identify world best practices in corrosion management: To identify what are the best practices; that is, those practices which should always be used by the industrialized world. However, in many parts of the world, countries lack the resources to put in place what the industrialized world agrees are best practices and determine what would be the best practices most suitable for their socio-economic conditions.
- To facilitate the provision of corrosion control expertise to governments, industries, and communities: To work with the International Corrosion Council to make this information available particularly in the developing world.
- To normalize corrosion-related standards worldwide: To harmonize the standards that are already in use.
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.
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).
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International, national and other not-for-profit organizations involved in dissemination of corrosion information, corrosion research, education, mitigation, and/or materials selection.
Organizations that are interested in corrosion and corrosion mitigation, but do not meet the criteria required of members.
Please check the schedule of the individual conferences for the date and time of WCO meetings to be held at:
- NACE Corrosion 2015, Dallas, Texas, USA, March 15-19, 2015
- WCO Annual Meeting (Omni Hotel, March 17, 2015)
- 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.
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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).
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.