If you research ‘Sustainable Development’ on the internet one of the better definition’s you will find in my opinion is from Wikipedia which states:
‘Sustainable development is the organizing principle for meeting human development goals while at the same time sustaining the ability of natural systems to provide the natural resources and ecosystem services upon which the economy and society depend.
The desired result is a state of society where living conditions and resource use continue to meet human needs without undermining the integrity and stability of the natural system.
Sustainable development can be classified as development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations.’
Reading that statement, what does Sustainable Development mean to you? To me I read ‘How do we get sh*t done without destroying the future? This was a question I posed to our team during a recent strategy session where we ‘opened up the books’ to our employees so they could see what the future holds for BPM and how, what they do every day helps us be successful (add link to article).
Being a business that has roots within industries that some would argue aren’t sustainable, you could be forgiven for making the assumption that we don’t care about Sustainable Development. But you couldn’t be more wrong.
Over the 6 months leading into our business strategy session, we developed our own Sustainable Development Strategy aligning our Values with those published by the EU as part of their Sustainable Development Goals. This process enabled us to think differently and derive a set of business targets that I truly believe will enable us to Get Sh*t Done Without Destroying the Future!
A copy of these Sustainable Development targets can be found here.
And if you don’t have a sustainable development strategy yet, why not?