Definition of sustainable development

Sustainable development is about maintaining an equilibrium between human activity and the natural environment over the long term. It involves a fine balance between the economic, social and environmental needs and expectations of various stakeholders.

Examples

Sustainable development is a very broad concept that encompasses a number of diverse areas. The examples provided below are sustainable development think-tanks.

The Natural Step s a not-for-profit organisation formed with the vision of creating a sustainable society. The purpose of Natural Step is to promote understanding and action towards sustainability. Among other things, the organisation has developed a framework to help gain an understanding of sustainable development for any type of organisations including companies.

Another example is SustainAbility, founded in 1987 in the UK, its purpose is to provide solutions to make businesses and markets more sustainable. They work on a broad set of issues such as energy, climate and accountability. [1]

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