Sustainability is based on a simple principle: Everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment. Sustainability creates and maintains the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony, that permit fulfilling the social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations.
Sustainability is important to making sure that we have and will continue to have, the water, materials, and resources to protect human health and our environment.
For businesses this means managing the resources they have in ways that are harmonious with maintaining a strong environment for their staff, customers, contractors, suppliers and local residents. All businesses have a duty to ensure they manage their waste, water, energy and other physical resources as much as they do the well being of people they employ and people they serve.