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Writing about Sustainability

I think most of my friends and colleagues in the lighting industry know that, as well as producing Fine Lighting Design, I also carry a soap-box around with me with 'SUSTAINABILITY' carved into the side of it.  Its a soap-box that sees a lot of use.

There is so much commentary being published on the subject that sometimes I feel we need to take a step back, ask whether its relevant to what we're trying to do, and let everyone know what I think . . . as usual.


So what about Sustainability?

The usual definition of Sustainability comes from the Brundtland Commission of the United Nations in 1987:

sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

A more recent statement by the writers of ISO:26000 Guidance on Social Responsibility identifies the causative factors that may enable the realisation of these ends:
The objective of social responsibility is to contribute to sustainable development.
The perception and reality of an organisation's performance on social responsibility can influence, among other things:
- its competitive advantage
- its reputation
- its ability to attract and retain workers or customers
- the maintenance of employees morale, commitment and productivity
- the view of investors, owners, donors, sponsors and the financial community
- its relationship with companies, governments, the media, suppliers, peers, customers and the community in which it operates.


RIBA CPD in 2015


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