What do we mean by Sustainability?
The Brundtland definition of sustainable development is widely quoted as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”. Unfortunately, the simplicity of this definition belies what is a complex interaction of economic, social and environmental impacts. Sustainability is not just about the environment and resource use, it also covers social, community and marketplace issues.
At Balfour Beatty, we refer to sustainability in our Vision and explain in detail through our Roadmap how we, as an organisation, will achieve sustainable development. For Balfour Beatty to deliver, manage and own sustainable infrastructure, we need to embed sustainability thinking and practice into everything we do.
Sustainability for Balfour Beatty covers three broad areas:
- The creation and development of long-term relationships, with our customers, employees and suppliers (profitable markets);
- The positive contribution we can make to the communities in which we work (healthy communities); and
- Enabling communities and individuals to meet their needs within environmental limits.
Find more information about Sustainability on www.collectiveresponsibility.net of Balfour Beatty.