Sustainability: An Overview of the Triple Bottom Line and Sustainability Implementation

Sustainability: An Overview of the Triple Bottom Line and Sustainability Implementation

Maria Salome Correia (University of Northampton, Northampton, UK)
Copyright: © 2019 |Pages: 10
DOI: 10.4018/IJoSE.2019010103

Abstract

Sustainability awareness has become increasingly important to society and a matter of interest by scholars and professionals. This article presents an overview of the concept and its Triple Bottom Line and describes the three dimensions of the most commonly accepted models of sustainability – environmental, economic and social. Given the key role that sustainability plays in organisations, it is important that they incorporate sustainability into their strategies. Thus, after a discussion on sustainability implementation, the article examines some issues and examples of sustainability assessment and measurement.
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The Concept Of Sustainability

The environmental awareness began on the 70’s with the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment claiming that adequate measures should be implemented to face these problems (United Nations, 1972). Still, only in the 80’s sustainability has emerged as a clearer concept, when the World Commission on Environment and Development brought it into mainstream and defined sustainable development as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs” (Harlem, 1987, p.41).

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