Sustainable development is typically considered in three dimensions :

  • the « environmental pillar »,
  • the « social pillar »
  • and the « economic pillar ».

The last of these has received less attention than the others, due perhaps to its more traditional nature. The purpose of this report is to compensate, at least in part, for this disparity through analysis of the economic dimension of sustainable development as it relates to companies.

The economic pillar has two components:

  • Creation of « sustainable » value through the identification of value that contributes to sustainable development
  • Sustainability of this value creation and, by extension, the company itself as its source.