Monday, August 25, 2014

Definition: Corporate Sustainability

Corporate Sustainability is a proactive, holistic strategy that necessarily creates shareholder value by reducing material inputs and waste stream outputs while maintaining productivity. It seeks to ensure the capacity of the enterprise, as part of an integrated natural system of limited resources and limited capacity as a waste sink, to endure profitably and in perpetuity. Sustainability will be, either as part of an explicit corporate mandate or as a direct and necessary dividend of corporate action, an instrument of value creation to the “triple bottom line” of profit, people and planet.

Corollary: Corporate Sustainability may result in efficiency improvements ("doing more with less"), but is benchmarked against maintaining current productivity levels and revenue.

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