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Sustainable feats. For companies too

A series of academic research contributes towards the awareness of the environment in which production operates

Realising the environment in which one operates, grasping its crucial aspects, possibly working to improve it. All this is also part of the pedigree of a genuine entrepreneur and attentive manager. It is not just about general culture, but also about complete all-round corporate culture, capable of grasping the immaterial within production. Reading “Dialoghi sulla sostenibilità. Roma 2016” (Dialogues about sustainability. Rome 2016), a collection of essays derived from four conferences designed by the Universities of Lazio, co-ordinated by the CRUL (Comitato Regionale di Coordinamento delle Università del Lazio – Regional Committee for the Co-ordination of the Universities of Lazio), on the occasion of the 2015-2016 Extraordinary Jubilee, is an excellent path to take in this direction.

The authors – a large group of lecturers and researchers from the Universities of Rome -, start with the academic definition of sustainability which, nevertheless, can be similar to the definition that every company may give it. The introduction to this series of research states that the word “sustainability” can be interpreted through its synonyms, so “on the one hand, the concepts of ‘acceptable’ and ‘bearable’ emerge, while on the other those of ‘durable’ and ‘feasible’, focusing attention on the effect of the actions carried out, eclipsing the component of subjective commitment. For this reason, the terms ‘sustainable’ and ‘sustainability’ must be integrated with the terms ‘responsible’ and ‘responsibility’”.

It is possible to think that the idea of academic responsibility is similar or almost the same as corporate responsibility considering that the actions of both these organisations affect the surrounding environment. All the more so when research and production work together to achieve shared results. Indeed, it is based on this fact that the multiple researches have been developed and then collected into a single volume.

So these “Dialogues” represent studies, covering visions, arousing questions on the future of our society and of our environment.  Presenting a series of topics in sequence, such as sustainable development seen in global terms and then extended across the territory, to cities, to new technologies, to training, but also the connections between sciences and well-being seen from the perspective of the economy, food, medicine, ageing; then also the topics of sports and human capital, culture and information, investments and their “sustainable” types, and the governance required for it all.

“Dialoghi sulla sostenibilità. Roma 2016” (Dialogues about sustainability. Rome 2016) manages to be a unique contribution to research despite being made up of multiple contributions. It is a good handbook to understand the context and the sense to give a prudent corporate culture.

Dialoghi sulla sostenibilità. Roma 2016 (Dialogues about sustainability. Rome 2016

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Roma TrE-Press, 2016