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Sustainability Assessment Model

  • Claudio R. Boër
  • Paolo Pedrazzoli
  • Andrea Bettoni
  • Marzio Sorlini
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Abstract

The concept of sustainability, in the way we understand the term now, first appeared in 1987, within the Brundtland Report, defined as “to meet the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” Later, as the concept gained popularity, hundreds of definitions were proposed, in academic debates and business arenas, referring to a more ethical, more green, and more transparent way of doing business. Today, the label of “sustainable” is a bottom-line requirement: as a matter of fact, Sustainability has become a common basic goal for many national and international organizations including industries, governments, NGOs, and universities. However, in spite of the nearly universal recognition that Sustainability has received, companies still struggle with the full understanding of the concept and with its financial viability.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Claudio R. Boër
    • 1
  • Paolo Pedrazzoli
    • 2
  • Andrea Bettoni
    • 2
  • Marzio Sorlini
    • 2
  1. 1.DTIICIMSI-SUPSIMannoSwitzerland
  2. 2.ISTePSICIMSI-SUPSIMannoSwitzerland

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