The concept of sustainability - what is it?
The idea of sustainable development promotes social and economic progress that takes place without reducing the ability of future generations to meet their needs. At the heart of the theory of sustainable development is concern for the state of the natural environment and the preservation of its riches for the generations that come after us, which is why the idea is often also referred to as eco-development. Sustainable development is not just about reducing the negative impact of human activity on nature, but this is undoubtedly its primary objective.
For the 'Scrapper', sustainability means a harmonious balance between three main aspects: economic, social and environmental. Below is a brief explanation of these three aspects:
Sustainable development requires consideration of economic efficiency. It means creating and maintaining a healthy economy by investing in development and ensuring sustainable growth. For the scrapper, it means running a profitable business, ensuring financial stability and long-term growth, e.g. by managing resources efficiently, minimising costs and identifying new markets or business opportunities.
Sustainability takes into account social aspects such as social wellbeing, equality and social justice. For a scrap metal worker, this means nurturing relationships with employees, suppliers, customers and the local community. In practice, this may mean providing safe and healthy working conditions, fair wages, respect for workers' rights and ethical operations. In addition, it can include being actively involved in community development through social initiatives, supporting local programmes to educate the youngest in kindergartens and schools about the environment, organising environmental initiatives, promoting the collection of recyclables and their safe processing and storage.
Sustainability takes into account the protection of the environment and the minimisation of negative impacts on it. For the scrap metal worker, this means adhering to the principles of environmental responsibility in the conduct of their business. This can include segregating and properly storing scrap metal, minimising waste, reducing water and energy consumption, and monitoring and reducing emissions of environmentally harmful compounds. The scrap metal worker can also contribute to sustainability by promoting recycling, fostering environmental awareness in the community and seeking innovative solutions that minimise environmental impact.
Sustainability for the scrap metal worker is about conducting business in a way that takes into account the simultaneous satisfaction of economic, social and environmental needs. Adhering to sustainability principles is important for long-term success, protecting the environment and building trust among scrap metal suppliers and customers.