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Sustainable Development in 4 Dimensions Since 1977
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On the 15th of June 2018, the first commemoration day of my fathers’ earthly farewell, we published our Vision 2057. As my father took a look into the future 40 years ago and created a vision for sustainable human, environmental and economic development, we also took a look ahead and summarized our mission and goals for a sustainable Egypt. No matter, whether it is about 100% Organic agriculture, an Economy of Love or the free potential unfolding, human development is always in the focus of all our activities and plans.
Let me emphasize the integrated nature of this new SEKEM report, that traditionally reflects on our holistic development approach. This is why we name it the SEKEM Report. Every year now, we want to put a special focus on two of the 18 SEKEM Vision Goals: 100% Organic Egypt and Zero Waste. In the following report you will find more details on these two 2018 main topics.
We framed our Vision for 2057 knowingly very positive – for some it might even sound crazy – although we are aware of the challenges of the past years, which continue until today (namely the devaluation of the Egyptian currency (2016) and the associated inflation) as we believe in miracles and a promising future. This report is an example of how we can still promote sustainable development within a challenging environment – not least, thanks to our reliable partners and like minded friends around the globe.
As we did, when summarizing our future Vision 2057, we now confidently look forward to what is coming from the future towards us and to what we can shape into the future.
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 SEKEM’s opinion how to address the problem.