Sustainable development is a development that satisfies today’s needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs
- Social sustainability – long-term take on fundamental human rightsOrganic sustainability – to manage the resources so that they are sufficient for future generations.
- Economic sustainability – to combat poverty without adversely affecting social or ecological sustainability.
- Ecological, economic and social sustainability are three dimensions that are interrelated and affect each other.
Leading sustainable development
The business you are working on affects all three dimensions. Therefore, as a manager, you also need to ensure that your business develops in a sustainable way.
Partly because we have a shared responsibility for humanity’s future and welfare. But there are also other good reasons to have a sustainability perspective in all business and business development.
For example, it can have a positive effect on:
- Long-term profitability
- The company’s reputation in the labor market.
- Business and product development.
- Risk management.
How to work with sustainable development
Now that you have an overall picture of what sustainable development is, it is time to familiarize yourself with what it means to you, your leadership and your organization.
The Sustainability Issues page provides tools and tips to help you look at sustainability from your perspective as a manager.
Learn more about sustainable development
There is endless information on sustainable development at various levels. If you want more knowledge, we can recommend two good sources of information and inspiration.
The natural step is an organization that works internationally with business strategic sustainability. They use four sustainability principles, which many organizations use as a basis in their sustainability work