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 in this topic is by no means complete. However, like so many other topics in the Library, there's enough in this topic to get you started.

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NOTE: If you were looking for guidelines to ensure that your organization remains sustainable, then see the topic
Organizational Sustainability. If you were looking for guidelines about business development, in general, see
Business Development.


Introduction and Basics

Introduction to Sustainable Development
Basics and Issues
The Top 10 Green Business Stories of 2010
The Sustainability Formula: How Nonprofit Organizations Can Thrive in the Emerging Economy
The Road Less Traveled: Funders' Advice on the Path to Nonprofit Sustainability


General Resources and Organizations

International Network for Trade and Sustainable Development
International Institute for Sustainable Development
SD Gateway (of the Sustainable Development Communications Network)
Sustainable Development International
United Nations for Sustainable Development
World Wide Web Virtual Library on Sustainable Development
World Business Council for Sustainable Development
Institute for Sustainable Enterprise, Fairleigh Dickenson University


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This topic is about sustainable development -- how organizations can operate without diminishing the environment. If you are looking for how organizations can remain strategically, operationally and financially viable into the future, then see the topic "Organizational Sustainability" in the Library.

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