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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
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.