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Sustainable Development in 4 Dimensions Since 1977

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Since the publishing of SEKEM’s Vision for 2057, we have been setting two vision goals to focus on every year. For the year 2019, our main two vision goals were the Economy of Love and Unfolding Individual Potential. SEKEM’s entire community was engaged on the topics and it was expressed in both annual celebrations, through various performances and speeches. With that in mind, we have been working on developing the label ‘Economy of Love’ to establish transparency and awareness of the entire value chain, and for the goal of Unfolding Individual potential, we hosted and organized the Social Initiative Forum in collaboration with Goetheanum to share ideas on creative pedagogical practices for individual and holistic potential-unfolding that can help build a sustainable future. In addition to the annual topics, we have taken actions in regards to SEKEM’s ownership. Since 2007, my father and I started to address the question of a legal structure for SEKEM, which would allow it to move away from personal ownership to avoid becoming vulnerable through inheritance in future. Therefore, in 2019, we were able to tackle this topic and develop a solution. In regards to our finances, SEKEM and its subsidiary companies had a good financial year and overachieved our targets. Consequently, we were able to gain back economic strength after the currency devaluation in 2016. It is certain that in the face of the current COVID-19 criSiS, the entire world is looking into making innovative changes, as some of the current economic models have demonstrated flaws. At SEKEM, we are aware of the need for transformative change in society and are even more confident in SEKEM’s holistic vision that offers real and sustainable solutions to address the burning issues of our time. In this report we continue to set the example for transparency on our activities, hoping to inform and inspire our stakeholders and other sustainable development initiatives in Egypt and the world
Helmy Abouleish CEO, SEKEM Holding


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logo-economy SEKEM’s economic year 2019 was again strongly characterized by reliable partnerships and supporters. SEKEM developed specific standards for an “Economy of Love” certification, laying the foundation for innovative redesigning and holistic tracking of economic activities.
logo-societal-life SEKEM has been working in finding, evaluating and developing new forms of governance, continued working on the question on how to further gain resilience and how to spread the idea of SEKEM. SEKEM was recognized as an “Outstanding Practice in Agroecology 2019” by the world future council.
logo-cultural-life Supporting the potential and consciousness development of each individual in the community lies at SEKEM’s core. 2019 had been a year that was strongly determined by building new bases for human and cultural development for the future. SEKEM and Heliopolis University hosted the “Social Initiative Forum” under the topic “Unfolding Individual potential”.
logo-ecology With applying biodynamic agriculture according to Rudolf Steiner everything started in 1977. the first phase of the “SEKEM Wahat” project was successfully accomplished in December 2019. A crowdfunding campaign raised 400,000 euros, which allowed 63 hectares of former desert land to be reclaimed.
Economy 2019 | Societal Life 2019 | Cultural Life 2019 | Ecology 2019

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

SEKEM Report 2019
SEKEM Report 2019 – English

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.

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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 SEKEM’s opinion how to address the problem.

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