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Sustainable Development in 4 Dimensions Since 1977
“Sustainable Development is always a challenge – in post-revolutionary Egypt, the past years were especially challenging for us. Still, in 2015 most of SEKEMs institutions performed well, which is an important driver, especially after the struggles we went through in the past five years.
It is absolutely clear to us that there are obstacles that one cannot overcome alone. Although our ambitious and trusty co-workers build the basis for our community we could only make it with the support of a strong network of partners. It is not taken for granted that our partners remained with us during these difficult times and it was an unexpected gift that we could even gain a new and very strong partner and friend in 2015. With this support we could achieve important debt reductions in 2015 and develop a strategy on debt reduction and resilience for the years to come.
We are aware of the many challenges we still have to overcome and we intent to face them as opportunities to become resilient. We started to rethink old practices and to steadily reinvent ourselves to continuously move towards sustainable development in all four dimensions.
This report shows the support of our friends, networks and partners in each single dimension and we want to thankfully dedicate the Sustainability Report 2015 to all of them. Furthermore, I am happy that we can present this report in a more personal way as we took our SEKEM News next to our indicators, enabling us to serve you with an integrative and vital picture of our efforts in 2015.”
Read SEKEMs Current Sustainability Report
Sustainable Development in Our Everyday Life
SEKEM was founded with the idea of sustainable development and building of a prosperous future for the surrounding communities and Egypt. The vision that brought Dr. Ibrahim Abouleish to dig the first well in the vast desert land still resounds in SEKEMs approach of conducting business. Like a compass, the vision, mission and values guide the employees in the everyday work in all SEKEM companies.
Reporting Sustainable Development
SEKEM has developed its annual sustainability report since 2007 in order to measure its performance within the different aspects of sustainable development. This report is meant as an internal reporting and measurement tool, however share it transparently with whomever is interest to read it.
The Sustainability Flower
The Sustainability Flower reflects the fourfoldness of sustainable development, with the ecological dimension broken down into separate elements and spheres. The Sustainability Flower represents a management, assessment and communication tool symbolizing the concept of sustainable development in its four dimensions (economic life, societal life, cultural life and ecology with its six sub dimensions).
SEKEM is convinced that only sustainable agricultural methods such as Biodynamic agriculture can secure the rising food demand of the coming 50 years. Here is a short explanation of food security and SEKEMs opinion how to address the problem.