It is indeed a pleasant day and great time to pen down thoughts on Sustainability. Sustainability and Sustainable Development are hot topics in any 21st century discourse, and we desire to share relevant information and ideas revolving around Sustainability solutions.
There are however numerous assertions as to what Sustainability is and how it can be achieved. The description of Sustainability that seems to be easily understood is:
the ability to be maintained at a certain rate or level.
Sustainability is therefore an attribute or property of an organization, systems or persons, or business, or nature to remain productive. This productivity level or state must be determined, and it has to consider the needs and expectations of stakeholders within the three spheres of economy, social and environment.
In 1987, a report entitled Our Common Future defined sustainable development for the first time as development:
that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
In the light of this, the 1987 Bruntland Report outlined three pillars to include:
- Environmental Protection Pillar (Planet)
- Social Equity Pillar (People)
- Economic Growth Pillar (Profit)
More recently, 5Ps of Sustainable Development have been developed (we would discuss this in subsequent posts)
Simply put, Sustainability is the balance of economic, environmental and social material concerns of interested parties.
This can be achieved by defining and focusing on what is material to the stakeholders (or as ISO would say – interested parties) in equal harmony.
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