Sustainability is not only linked to the environment, but also to the social and economic environment, thus forming the three pillars that aim to guarantee the planet’s integrity and improve the quality of life.
So let’s understand a little more about the three pillars of sustainability:
Social: refers to human capital, such as the creation of mechanisms that improve the quality of life of citizens, laws that support the needs of the population and the development of policies for improvements in areas such as education, security and leisure. This pillar assumes that the search for a sustainable society must pass through the idea of having a well-maintained and healthy society. In addition, it is important to provide an environment that encourages the creation of legitimate and healthy working relationships, in order to favor the personal and collective development of all those involved.
Environmental: the environmental pillar has its roots in several ways to pursue environmental protection, natural resources, and the reduction of the damage caused to the environment over time. It is at this stage that companies study the ways to carry out their operations causing the least possible impact on the environment.
Economic: refers to matters concerning the production, distribution and consumption of goods and services. To be sustainable, a company cannot profit at the expense of exploiting labor or irresponsible or criminal exploitation of the environment. The financial area benefits a lot from sustainable attitudes, as they reduce materials, energy and water, also reducing your account at the end of the month. In other words, there is a cyclical process of benefits between sustainability and the economy.
Through these pillars that assess the sustainability of a company, it is possible to identify how close or not an organization is to being sustainable. Therefore, a sustainable company is one that, at the end of its assessment, maintained its previous level of performance or promoted activities aimed at improving the level occupied in the three areas.
It is essential that the three pillars of sustainability interact with each other in a fully harmonious way, because without these three pillars sustainability cannot be sustained. Each of the pillars portrays a context in which sustainability is applied, at the same time that one depends on the other to support itself.