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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.”
Helmy Abouleish CEO, SEKEM Holding


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logo-economy SEKEMs economic year 2015 was strongly characterized by reliable partnerships and supporters. Since the Egyptian revolution SEKEMs companies face various challenges. But thanks to a reliable and committed network of partners, who continuously supported SEKEM, even though they were aware of the difficulties, SEKEM is getting back on track.
logo-societal-life SEKEM unifies everything that is related to the relationship between people, community and society in the dimension of Societal Life. In 2015, SEKEM experienced a flourishing Societal Life, which is a consequence of the intertwining circles within SEKEMs wonderful network of partners and supporters. Generally, the societal year 2015 was strongly focusing on gender equality.
logo-cultural-life Many friends visited SEKEM in 2015 and enriched SEKEMs Cultural Life. While the yearly SEKEM Autumn Festival was characterized by different dance performances the second regular big SEKEM celebration, SEKEMs Spring Festival, fascinated by an enriching musical program. SEKEMs holistic cultural approach focused in 2015 especially to the youngest generation.
logo-ecology In the past years, SEKEM did not reclaim additional land (due to the challenges that Egypt went through since 2011), but could manage to keep the soil fertile. For its efforts in “revitalizing dry lands through biodynamic agriculture methods” and for combating desertification SEKEM received the Land for Life Award by the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification in 2015.
Economy 2015 | Societal Life 2015 | Cultural Life 2015 | Ecology 2015

Sustainable Development in Our Everyday Life

codeofconductSEKEM 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.

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Reporting Sustainable Development

Sustainability Report 2015SEKEM 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.

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The Sustainability Flower

Sustainabililty FlowerThe 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).

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Food Security

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.

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