Meaning of sustainability differs from one person to other person, and from one organization to other organization. For some organisations, sustainability means surviving. They are true in their sense, as they need to survive to avoid redundancies.
For other organisations, sustainability means some combination of following parameters:
To our knowledge, the concept of sustainable development was firstly described by the 1987 Bruntland Commission Report, which was presented to United Nations. It means – “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”
Sustainability standards have also seen a tremendous uptake. There are 500+ standards, audits, frameworks, methodologies, guidance, assessments, etc. Each offers an innovative framework for more inclusiveness in trade, and more respect of people and the environment. We think that all of these organisations have done a great job towards sustainable future, and we wish all of them to do well in future. Each standard, guidance, assessment, methodology, framework, audit, labels, etc have their own strengths and they are all perfect in their own ways.