Sustainable development in the construction industry
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Page 2: Balancing stakeholder aspirations

Gardiner Theobald 7 Image 2Stakeholders are individuals or groups with a direct interest in an organisation’s performance. The Quantity Surveyor must take into account the shared expectations of all stake groups.

Today’s concern for the environment has a high public profile as public opinion, pressure groups and government legislation and regulation continue to grow. This poses a threat to organisations that do not see the opportunities and problems that may overtake them. As stakeholders in our environment, we must recognise that not only is the quality of the environment in which we live at stake, but also the future and
continued existence of mankind.

Our common future

Buildings are created with the aim of providing better environments for people to live, socialise and work in. Buildings, streets, neighbourhoods and districts make up the urban environment and should be functional as well as enhance our social well-being. Clearly, there is a limit to the availability of land and natural resources. Apart from the need to conserve other scarce and finite resources such as oil, coal and gas, the consumption of these resources is in itself damaging.

The World Commission on Environment Development published a report, Our Common Future, in 1987. By the end of 1988, this report had received public support from over 50 nations including the UK As a result The Earth Summit was held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. The summit adopted what has been termed Agenda 21, which is a comprehensive action plan for the pursuit of sustainable development into the next century. Agenda 21 called on national governments to set strategies for achieving sustainable development, which are often implemented at a local level. Achieving national targets for sustainability means acting locally to have an impact globally.

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