Ever wondered what the circles of Sustainability mean? And why are they overlapping? And what is the importance of the overlapped areas?
Every one of us understands the definition of Sustainability under the Bruntland Commission’s report. However while implementing the spirit of that definition; According to Tahir J Qadir, a prominent Sustainability Management Consultant based in Dubai, UAE, we arrive at these three circles of Sustainability. One of the circle represents Business (Profit), which is the entity itself, the second one represents the Environment (Planet), which are the environmental matters and issues linked to our business, and the third one represents Social (People), which is the impact our business has on the communities and people living in those communities. Then comes the overlapping sections which are termed as socio-economic for the overlapping sections of business and social circles, Socio-Environmental for the people and environmental overlapping section, and Eco-Efficiency for the Environmental and business overlapping section. Then there is acommon overlapped section which is shared by all three circles and that’s what is usually referred to as “Sustainability”. In a nut shell all three overlapping functions work together to achieve Sustainability and a Sustainable business.