Fields of Action
6-component model for sustainable development
The German Federal Association for Sustainability understands sustainable development as a mission for society as a whole and a process that is oriented at balance / equation. 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.
Wholeness - the view for the overall structure and the systemic connections - is the key for sustainability.
Traditionally, Sustainable Development is to date seen only as the three pillars Environment, Society and Economy.
These pillars stand side by side for themselves and without connection, almost without any meaning.
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 to stabilize the model.
This construct carries a moving component which balances the relationship between man and nature, and with which children can be explained what sustainability is: balance orientation. In a closed system like the planet earth, know widely recognized as "Planetary Boundaries", 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.
Implementation of the UN Development Goals
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".
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. And while we consider the emphasis on the equivalence of objectives as essential, we consider a prioritization of objectives as meaningful. By prioritizing, we understand the classification of the contents of the individual objectives according to causes and consequences, which in turn result in activities and measures to fight causes and consequences.
On closer inspection, only one of the 17 targets will address a cause: Goal 10 - Reduced inequalities is a central approach to the transformation of the world.
All other goals address symptoms that occur as a result of the cause inequality, and their gradual achievement is the prerequisite for the protection of the earth and prosperity for all. The necessary development steps also have cross-connections among one another and must be questioned again and again.
We have developed the following development stages for our work and are happy to discuss them: