The Brundtland report of 1987, compiled by the United Nations' World Commission on Environment and Development (WCED), defines sustainable development as development that "meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs". This means encouraging economic growth that improves quality of life in full respect of the environment.
Sustainability, environment and society
Sustainability entails respect for humankind (social sustainability) and safeguarding the environment (environmental sustainability). Consumers are constantly evolving, evermore conscious of social, technological and economic changes. The expansion of a culture of sharing responsibilities has come hand in hand with a strong focus on the issue of sustainability. This connection has catalysed new industrial processes, as well as the increased importance of environmental themes in acquisition mechanisms.
Businesses: sustainability is key
Environmental and economic sustainability, efficiency and communication create valuable opportunities for businesses. Sustainability is key to: