Established by John Elkington in 1994, the Triple Bottom Line (TBL) approach seeks to define the sustainability of a company based on three main elements: economic, environmental and social.
What is urgent and important in global crises
By Dr. Mario Huerta.
In recent weeks we have often read that we are on the verge of one of the worst crises in the recent history of mankind. In the economic environment, all the elements are observed so that metaphorically a grade 5 hurricane is formed, according to the Saffir-Simpson Classification or a perfect storm.
Sustainability is no longer an option and has become a necessity. The interest of the business world has been so much that, according to a survey carried out in 2018 by the KPMG consultancy, 98% of Mexican executives consider the issue critical and relevant for the future of their organizations, and 87% are already including it. in your strategy.
Companies in the construction sector should not be left out. Learn more about the subject by listening to the program "Construction Links".
Schedule: a major challenge
It is frequent that the majority of the projects that are executed in an organization regardless of their size or sector have a general plan where they are established based on the needs that must be met objectives, restrictions, exclusions, deadlines, budgets and many others that they may vary from one organization to another, but ultimately seek to achieve the expected scope, time and cost during their execution.
It is also frequent that one of the most controversial aspects in any project is the schedule, to the point of concentrating all kinds of criticism, rarely praise and in general much controversy about whether the calculations, techniques or other tools with which the duration was calculated of the project were adequate. Similarly, it is common to find that both the project to build a simple house and the construction of a housing complex can have considerable and sometimes unacceptable deviations for those interested in the result. This symmetry typical of the world of fractals could suggest traces of a chaotic process because of the theory of chaos, meaning that the calculation or better the forecast of a term for the execution of a project can´t be defined only from linear equations of easy and precise solution, but through the incorporation of non-linear equations that can´t be solved in the traditional way, this is to resort to numerical solution methods that consist of finding the numbers that satisfy the point-to-point equation. To make matters worse, these equations have another feature and is an exaggerated sensitivity to their original conditions, so that small variations generate different and unexpected results which makes it even more difficult to quantify and manage them, especially when these equations and their variables are all those that are in the environment where the Project is developed and that range from the prevailing climate in the area, to the characteristics and ideology of the government in office.
MSc Mario Sánchez
Partner TBL Consultants
The Sustainable Development Goals
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals, and their 169 goals, have an impact on the structural causes of poverty, combat inequalities and generate opportunities to improve the quality of life of the population within a framework of sustainable development.
Corporate Social Responsibility
Social responsibility nowadays has taken relevance as a priority element and as a development strategy in the business, government and civil society agendas in general. There are several definitions of social responsibility expressed by different types of organizations. Although each has its purpose and foundation of creation, there are important differences in the concept and today, there is still no consensus or a universally accepted definition, nor is there any regulation or international institution with the power to develop it. Regardless of the definition and the lack of consensus in it, it can be indicated that social responsibility is a commitment or obligation that the members of a society, either as individuals or groups, have with society itself as a whole.
In today's world, there have been significant changes in the daily occurrence of people in which there is a proliferation of concepts that are taking relevance in the social, governmental and business context; and, that have affected the behavior of society; Among these concepts is social responsibility. In this sense, the activation of social action is evolving in the relationship between business and society.
This relationship is being conditioned, on the one hand, by the values of society in general; and on the other, due to the greater importance of social responsibility in the elements of business management such as the philosophy, vision, mission, goals, policies and programs of the companies. Nowadays, the success of corporations, companies and institutions in general no longer depends exclusively on the quality of a product or a service in itself. Social responsibility is currently an element of great importance in the strategy of many of these organizations and has evolved to corporate social responsibility.
Env. Eng. Luis E. Ortega A.
"Social responsibility starts in a competitive and strong company. Only a company in good condition can improve and enrich the lives of people and their communities."
Sustainability concept it isn´t clear yet
"In the 90's, when the UN and some scientists began to talk about climate change and the need to develop green strategies to take care of the planet, the concept of sustainability appeared. Almost 20 years later, its meaning is not yet clear to everyone.
Everyone speaks in favor of sustainability, the word is everywhere, but very few fully understand that it is a concept with economic, social and ecological implications and changes in human development."
Eng. Luis E. Ortega