It surely happens to you to be looked at conceitedly or interrogatively when you talk about sustainability. Or you are indignant when the term is inopportunely used for marketing or falsely educational purposes.
You are still often derided and considered naive or a dreamer, if you suggest to apply its values and principles in the workplace.
There is always the smart individual of the day, who thinks to have to do with unprepared persons.
Nevertheless, sustainability is our future, and for someone it is already the present, as individuals, as communities, and as companies.
In order to clarify some misunderstandings and to explain its benefits and practical applications, I put together a group of international experts, and we have developed “The Sustainability Manifesto for projects”.
During the work, several cultural and personal differences emerged, and in the final document there is what we all agreed about.
We touched various issues, such as the need to consider a project in a holistic way, that is analyzing also its environmental and social aspects, and not just the economic ones.
We have shown how the thought and the action in the long term ensure the prosperity of a company and of the context in which it is located.
We highlighted how an integrated and comprehensive analysis considerably helps in the identification and in the management of risks and of stakeholders.
Last March 8, 2016, at the same time on the Internet, we launched it with this message: “We urge you to read it, download it, support it, and share it with your teams and connections. It’s our projects, it’s our future. Let’s make it a sustainable one!”.
The Sustainability Manifesto for Projects can be downloaded for free.
It is available also in Portuguese, Italian, Neapolitan, and Spanish at the website.
The Manifesto is dedicated to the people who see and invest in a sustainable world.
Paola Morgese, PMP
Civil Hydraulic Engineer
M.S. Sanitary and Environmental Engineering