Sustainability needs a lobby
- the only national NGO in Europe with an extended approach of sustainable development,
- interest grouping: sustainability needs a lobby,
- focus on balance-oriented human-nature interaction
- Sense of community,
- respect for eachother,
- responsibility towards oneself and others,
- inclusion of all stakeholders in society,
- Development of methods for decision-making / participation
- Responsible design of immediate living environment,
- participation in social, ecological and economic processes,
- having shares in its results and income
- Entrepreneurs who are aware of their responsibilities,
- partnership with stakeholders,
- acting according to ethical principles,
- awareness of resource finiteness,
- qualitative growth
- Culture is all that people create,
- it is a motor, but also a brake on sustainable development,
- a joint and shared value foundation is fundamental to a globalized society,
- the application of cultural achievements requires, in particular, responsible thinking and action
- Nature-conscious interaction with the environment,
- visualization of systemic interrelation,
- strengthening of decentralized, local and regional structures,
- avoiding monoculture,
- diversity as a success model of nature
- The maxim of action for a balanced coexistence of man and nature,
- quantitative growth on the one hand leads to lack / gaps on other sides,
- imbalance is the cause of conflicts
Far-sighted, comprehensive thinking and action
In generations, not in election periods or quarterly numbers.
Sustainability does not mean:
Durability and to ask:
"What will I benefit from?"
The German Federal Association for Sustainability (GFAS) represents the common ideal interests of its members in all matters of relevance to sustainability, promotes cooperation between its members and supports them in the fulfillment of their tasks.
It acts for the interests of its members against the legislative bodies of the Federation and the federal states, the supervisory and regulatory authorities at national and international level as well as the media and the public.
The Federal Association is accredited to the German Bundestag (federal parliament) and to the Transparency Register of the European Commission.
Information, transparency and participation are the key factors for successfully "transforming of our world".
So far, models of sustainable development are a three-part model of the 3 components or pillars "Environment", "Society" and "Economy". These columns stand apart from each other, virtually unrelated.
However, sustainable development is hardly imaginable without the involvement of each individual citizen. Participation and having shares form the two components of "participation". They are the building materials of the foundation on which the 3 columns stand.
Sustainable action is crucial to the success of sustainable development. Action is determined by cultural influences. This applies equally to all regions of the world and is reflected, for example, in a corporate culture, in a social culture and in a culture of interacting with nature. "Culture" is the roof beam that lies on the 3 columns and creates a second connection.
The roof is a component that symbolizes the relationship between man and nature: the orientation at balance/equation. In a closed system like the planet earth, quantitative growth on the one hand leads to gaps in other places. Nature always tries to compensate for gaps, and sustainable action aims at this.
Sustainability as a state goal
In keeping with the historical significance of the adoption of the SDGs and the Paris Climate Conference, the German Federal Association for Sustainability supports efforts to establish sustainable development as a state goal with a constitutional status.
Sustainable development is a mission for society as a whole and a process that is based on balance. There are still many ways to stabilize our common habitat for the next generations and to earn the respect of these generations.
The short-term, narrow thinking in election periods and quarterly figures as well as the struggle for the distribution of resources are only a few issues that stand in the way of sustainability. The underlying awareness and behavior must change in the short term to allow far-sighted action.
In fact, future generations should have the same chances of a fulfilled life as we do. This corresponds to the basic idea of sustainability. At the same time, the opportunities for all people on Earth must become equally possible.
Sustainability as business model
For the introduction of sustainability as a business model, these 5 reasons have a lot to commend:
The legal requirements of corporate sustainability reporting will be tightened as of 2017., Suppliers of companies subject to reporting, which are not themselves subject to the obligation, must also prove their sustainable corporate culture in the future. This is revenue-relevant.
With a company certification, businesses and trades are on the safe side.
Sustainability leads to an increase in efficiency in business processes and creates a motivating corporate culture.
Capital providers, investors and the market combine the ecological / social sustainability of the company's activity with the future viability of the business model.
Products that are linked by customers with high environmental and social costs remain and will become dead articles. Sustainability creates an effective basis of trust for corporate customers and consumers.
According to experience, credit providers are more willing to discuss more favorable credit conditions for sustainable activities in the company. This saves money.
The Global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a measure of action
In September 2015, the United Nations adopted the Global Sustainable Development Goals in New York: 17 main targets, each with about 10 "sub-targets" that "will transform the world through ... the end of poverty, the protection of the earth and prosperity for all" .
In the meantime, these objectives have also been incorporated into the agreements of the Paris Climate Protection Conference. Germany has committed itself to these goals and implemented them in its sustainability strategy. It is now the time to ensure implementation.
All actors are called upon to set these targets as a benchmark for their actions and to integrate them into their "DNA". The German Federal Association for Sustainability accompanies this process from the outset and integrates the sustainable development goals into its work: