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The Holistic Concept in a Flower
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). It was developed within a network of international organizations from the organic / Biodynamic movement cooperating under the umbrella of the „International Association of Partnership for Ecology and Trade“ (IAP).
Each dimension consists of several performance aspects, defined in detail through performance indicators. These are, wherever possible and applicable, linked on the international standard for sustainability reporting, the GRI G3.1 of the Global Reporting Initiative.
In the past years we learned a lot through applying this concept to our work; also which performance aspects are easy to assess and which are not. In a thoroughly review process we adapted the Sustainability Flower framework according to our learnings, so that also other companies can make better use of the tool. In 2013 we use for the first time the redefined framework to assess our performance. In order to make the provided data more accessible we separated the detailed status and target overviews filled with hard facts from the general information about SEKEM.