SEKEM Sustainability Report - 2015

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Our goals withing the sustainability flower framework.

The Sustainability Flower builds the framework for our performance monitoring, evaluation and reporting. Therefore, the structure guides the reader through SEKEMs annual report on sustainable development. It reflects the fourfoldness of sustainable development, with the ecological dimension broken down into separate elements and spheres. We communicate the basic philosophy, our hands-on management approach as well as a detailed performance evaluation for the separate flower petals in each report.

For each of them, we defined an overall goal as depicted below

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The Sustainability Flower represents a management, assessment and communication tool, symbolizing the concept of sustainable development in its four main dimensions:

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What is the sustainability flower?

What is the sustainability flower?


The Sustainability Flower represents a management, assessment and communication tool symbolizing the concept of sustainable development in its four dimensions. It was developed within a network of international organizations from the organic / biodynamic movement cooperating under the umbrella of the „International Association of Partnership for Ecology and Trade“ (IAP).


Each dimension consists of several performance aspects, defined in detail through performance indicators. These are, wherever possible and applicable, linked on the international standard for sustainability reporting, the GRI G3.1 of the Global Reporting Initiative.


Why does SEKEM use the Sustainability Flower?


The Sustainability Flower supports SEKEM in:

Understanding all important development processes, setting targets and taking action accordingly


Making development transparent for all stakeholders of SEKEM (clients, employees, customers, investors, business partners, media etc.)


Giving a platform to disclose SEKEMs self-concept as a responsible company and, thus, make it possible that SEKEM serves as a role model for other organizations that aim at sustainable development


How does SEKEM use the Sustainability Flower?


In the operations of the SEKEM companies, the Sustainability Flower is fully applied in its three functions as a management, assessment and communication tool.


In the dimension Economy, SEKEM reflects what kind of products it sells and in which way it distributes values along the value chain. In Societal Life, the protection and regulation of human rights is in the focus. Cultural Life concentrates on the question of how to support the development of the individual. These three areas of society are surrounded by the six sub-dimensions of Ecology: Soil, Plants, Animals, Energy, Air and Water; to understand the positive and negative impact on the environment.


For our annual evaluation process, we formulated strategic, tangible targets aligned with SEKEMs vision, mission and policies. The  continuously ongoing data collection on SEKEMs economic, social, cultural and ecological performance results in a Sustainable Development Scorecard that we use for  improvement and communication purposes.


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