Pavel Castka is Professor in Operations Management and Sustainability at UC Business School, University of Canterbury, New Zealand. Prof Castka has been actively involved with international standardization within committees at the International Organization for Standardization as well as Standards Australia and Standards NZ and contributed to the development of the international guidance standard on social responsibility (ISO 26000), where he served as nominated expert between 2005-2010. He is currently ISO/TC 176 committee member; QR-008 committee member, and a member of IUCN’s Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP). Pavel’s research interests focus at the role of standards, self-regulation and certification in operations and supply chain management. He currently works on several research project that focus on conformity assessment and innovations as well as projects on the impact of COVID-19 on conformity assessment. He had visiting appointments at UCLA Anderson School of Management (USA), BOKU University (Austria), Vienna University of Economics and Business (Austria), Otago University (New Zealand) and as NZT Fellow at Peking University (China). In 2018-2019, he served at Business and Economics Panel (Tertiary Education Commission, New Zealand) for 2018 PBRF assessment of research performance in New Zealand.