Bertelsmann Stiftung (ed.)

Dr. Thieß Petersen

Policy Brief #2012/03:
Shaping Sustainable Economies – Holistic Strategies and Principles

Policy Brief Series Future Social Market Economy

  • 1. edition 2012 (PDF)
  • Free of charge

A society acts sustainably if it ensures the long-term stability and productivity of ecological, sociopolitical and economic systems. In the past, issues of sustainability were typically handled separately, neglecting individual measures’ effects on other elements implied by a comprehensive conception of sustainability. The challenge ahead is to develop a holistic strategy for sustainable economic activity that takes into account interdependencies between the various aspects of sustainability, and does not seek to solve problems of sustai-nability at other aspects’ expense.