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SPECIAL ISSUE SUSTAINABILITY
Sustainability Simply Makes Sense
There are certain concepts that seem to invite responses from
some, including some in the foundation industry and even
some within DFI, that are at best surprising. Business owners
and their employees share the desire that their company
does well and continues to operate. Maybe company growth
is not always realistic but maintaining the current level of
activity is in the least what they hope for. In other words, they
hope that their company is sustainable, and they are fully
behind that notion. But when the concept of sustainability is
raised, there is, at least with some, suddenly doubt that that is
a good thing. And yet, that concept only aims to achieve at a
grander scale what the owners and employees desire for
their company.
There are many definitions of the term sustainability, but
probably the most commonly used description is that framed
by the United Nations in 1987. It states that sustainability is
the concept of meeting the needs of the present without
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AUTHOR Gerald Verbeek, Allnamics USA
compromising the ability of future generations to meet their
own needs. Arguably that definition is too abstract and does
not provide the type of specific goals and targets we are used
to. To help with that, to some extent, in 2015 the United
Nations formulated 17 Sustainable Development Goals
(SDGs), to provide " a shared blueprint for peace and
prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. "
And undoubtedly those SDGs are fodder for those that
question the concept of sustainability in the foundation
industry. How can our industry, they wonder, ensure that
there is no poverty or hunger (SDG 1 and 2), and the climate
action goal (SDG 13) immediately leads to the hot button topic
of global warming. And maybe this is where advocates lose
(some of) the sceptics of the sustainability concept, but
hopefully they will continue to read this article that lays out
why sustainability simply makes sense, also for the
foundation industry and especially for DFI.

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