Sustainability as a value

Sustainability and social cohesion

When we talk about sustainability and the three pillars that support it (economic, social and environmental), we tend to emphasize environmental sustainability. There are many reasons for this, not least the centrality that the climate crisis has assumed in our lives and in the agenda of many…

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Do it well, do it quickly

You can defeat an enemy, but not the Planet. Technology is helping us to live in and through this crisis, but we need to look ahead, building global cohesion and creating ‘transformative resilience units.’: These are the words of Mario Draghi in the Financial Times taken from Enrico Giovannini, spokesman for…

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What makes a sustainable event?

Promoters, organizers and suppliers of goods and services can change the way they design and manage an event by introducing environmental and social values into their work. A useful reference point is provided by the ISO 20121 certification, which requires certain standards to be met at the…

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Women at the forefront of sustainability

How many people know that Gro Harlem Brundtland, from whom the report "Our Common Future" took its name, is a woman? She graduated in medicine from the University of Oslo and was the first female Prime Minister of Norway. Brundtland combined her commitment to defending women's rights with her commitment…

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Sustainable development: 3 questions for Enrico Giovannini

October 2019 – Soft&Green asked Enrico Giovannini, spokesman for the Italian Alliance for Sustainable Development, ASviS, to answer three questions about the future of sustainability. How is Italy positioned in relation to other countries for the 2030 Agenda? Globally, despite the efforts made so far by…

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Sustainability: knowing the past to imagine the future

Sustainability has become a major focus of the world's media. Through the contribution provided by the determination and grit of young Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, public opinion in many countries has turned its attention to this topic. Introduced ‘officially’ for the first time at the 1972 UN conference on the environment,…

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Sustainability: some important milestones

Many milestones have marked the path towards sustainability. Rather than offering an in-depth account, to help readers navigate their way through such a complex history, Soft&Green has chosen a few dates in each decade, from the 1960s to the 1990s, to highlight some significant moments. 1962: the year American biologist…

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Working towards sustainability

The testimony of Giovanni Francesco Martoccia, Sustainability Program Developer SGS Italy Everyone should consider work as a vocation, understood as the desire to achieve goals not out of duty, but out of passion. As utopian as this might seem, there are testimonies, like mine, that disprove the sceptics. The…

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