Sustainable Business Development: Growth for a Better Future

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    Sustainable Business Development (For-Profit or Nonprofit)

    The World Commission on Environment and Development (the Brundtland
    Commission), in its report “Our Common Future” (Oxford:
    Oxford University Press, 1987), defines sustainable development:

    “Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the
    present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their
    own needs. It contains within it two key concepts:

    1. the concept of needs, in particular the essential needs of
      the world’s poor, to which overriding priority should be given;
    2. and the idea of limitations imposed by the state of technology
      and social organization on the environment’s ability to meet
      present and future needs.”

    The profession of management is increasingly interested in
    sustainable development as today’s organizations confront the
    realities of managing limited resources, many of which were previously
    considered to be unlimited in scope. For example, sustainable
    development was the main topic of the National Organization Development
    Network’s 2003 conference. Sustainable development often looks
    at three major aspects of development, including sociological,
    ecological and economic. The information on this topic is by no
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    there’s enough in this topic to get you started.

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    Introduction and Basics
    General Resources and Organizations

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    NOTE: If you were looking for guidelines to
    ensure that your organization remains sustainable, then see the
    If you were looking for guidelines for business
    development, in general, see

    Introduction and Basics

    The Top 10 Green Business Stories of 2010
    Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility
    The Road Less Traveled: Funders’ Advice on the Path to Nonprofit Sustainability

    General Resources and Organizations

    Network for Trade and Sustainable Development

    Nations for Sustainable Development

    Wide Web Virtual Library on Sustainable Development

    World Business Council for Sustainable Development
    for Sustainable Enterprise, Fairleigh Dickenson University

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