In the last decades the environmental status of our earth has been in the news frequently. The greenhouse impact, the depletion of natural resources, the diminishing biodiversity and the unprecedented rate of species extinction all point out that the status is not as healthy as it should be. With the ever-growing concern for our planet a new way off doing business developed, sustainable development. The term sustainable development was first introduced in The Bruntland report, made by the World Commission on Environment and Development in 1987, and the definition herein given is: ''to satisfy the needs of the current generation in such a way as not to endanger the satisfaction of the needs of future generations and the development of future generations."
The companies practicing sustainable development today are spread throughout all sectors of business. While some sectors of business are profitable in selling the products produced with sustainable development, especially in niche markets, there are still sectors, like the timber industry and energy industry, where the competition abstains from using sustainable production methods and where the companies that do rely heavily on subsidies or the environment friend
It should protect the human rights in any of its business units but also in the companies in its supply chain. The objective is to fully use the incoming resources by using wastes of primary production as value-added inputs for the production of other industries or processes, as can be shown in figure 2. The zero emissions theory proposes a change in the traditional production process. 2 Earth-sized planets in order to sustain their consumption of crops, meat, fish, and wood, and to hold CO2 levels constant in the atmosphere. The shift towards renewable resources that companies can make will have to be carefully managed to make sure that the renewable resources, needed by the companies, will not become non-renewable resources. 2MethodologyThe methodology for this dissertation is based on a literature study to assessing the feasability of sustainable development. 1Problem Statement and Research QuestionsThe effect human activity has on our planet will lead to a stagnating status in the near future according to the report "Barriers to Development" presenting the results of a computer-based research done by Dennis Meadows in 1972.