The Flower in short
The Sustainability Flower has six petals. It groups all natural and social impacts of production, and the accompanying challenges, into these six main categories:
- Climate: impacts on the climate; energy use and air pollution; dealing with climate change.
- Water: impacts on fresh water quality and availability; dealing with water scarcity and pollution.
- Soil: impacts on soil fertility, soil life, soil structure; dealing with soil degradation and erosion.
- Biodiversity: impacts on natural biodiversity and agrobiodiversity, plants and animals; dealing with loss of biodiversity and habitat.
- Social: impacts on people and society, on an individual, local and global level; dealing with all kinds of social challenges in the global community.
- Health: impacts on people's health, including farmers, workers, local communities and consumers; health is defined as resilience and vitality on a physical, mental and spiritual level.
Social: Freedom, Justice, Solidarity
The "Social" category encompasses impacts in three planes of human development: cultural development which ideally leads to freedom, societal development which ideally leads to justice, and economical development which ideally leads to solidarity. These three terms, based loosely on the ideals of the French revolution (Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité), are used to structure all social impact indicators.
- Freedom: impacts on people in the domain of the mind: education and individual development, knowledge, culture and spirituality.
- Justice: impacts on people in the domain of human relations: protection of human rights, avoidance of discrimination, employee participation, equal opportunities.
- Solidarity: impacts on people in the domain of material needs: work safety, providing means for food, housing, clothing, medical aid and other basic needs.