Our shared mission — creating value — and acting accordingly
The ecological and societal effects of today’s production methods and consumption patterns are pushing nature and society beyond their capacity, and the limits of our planet are in sight. The United Nations has therefore developed the global Agenda 2030, which includes its ambitious Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), initiating wide-reaching transformation processes. At the European level, the Green Deal and the Circular Economy Action Plan have set out key guiding principles for this transformation over the coming decades. It is no longer about developing individual regions, but about the principles of how economic activity is carried out and the associated measures of value in a market of 500 million people. Germany too is faced with a huge transformation process in order to put its economy and society on a sustainable, greenhouse gas-neutral and circular path by 2050. The first steps have already been taken on this path, which is characterized by climate action, the energy transition and the circular economy.
The basic idea is to make value chains flexible and, ideally, to close them to form circles in order to save resources and reduce emissions, but also to strengthen responsibility for sustainable value and to divide that responsibility among those involved. The concept of “value cycles” is not a new one. Its distinguishing feature is the integration of societal, political and economic demands for resilient and transparent supply chains, sustainable economies and the protection of the climate.
The term “value” covers all measures of value, whether environmental, societal or economic, that contribute to the concept of sustainable development. A value cycle is designed to increase these measures of value as they pass through the cycle.
Sustainability, circularity and sovereignty are the three categories that characterize sovereign value cycles. When these are combined successfully, the concept of sovereign value cycles will be a success and produce innovations for the economy and society.