Sustainable economy: one concept, six different viewpoints, unlimited opportunities to up the level of discussion.
The global financial crisis, climate change and increasing inequality all call for new economic thinking.
Remaining socially and ecologically sustainable too.
Sustainable economic thinking challenges our views: What are the goals of financial policy? Who creates financial policy?
Bringing together a multidisciplinary group of people to reflect on the sustainable economy and how decision-makers should be educated on the topic.
Our understanding of the economy is changing dramatically: the global debt and financial crisis challenges present structures and ways of working; climate change indicates that societies are not ecologically sustainable; and global inequality and increasing income differences call for more socially sustainable solutions.
Many social structures are transforming and reshaping our understanding of a range of issues: the role of the public sector, well-being and how we measure it, the nature of democracy and international relations.
These forces of social change are challenging our views of economic sustainability. To be truly sustainable, an economy needs to be so not only financially, but also socially and ecologically. This will inevitably change our concept of financial policy – its scope, methods, makers and leaders.
Sitra's leadership courses on sustainable economic policy for decision-makers and opinion leaders were launched in May 2013. The courses focus on themes such the making of Finnish economic policy and the more efficient utilisation of financial policy tools to promote a sustainable economy. The courses aim to increase understanding of how the comprehensive, long-term approach typical to sustainable development can be achieved in the practices and management of financial policy. A truly sustainable economy is not only financially sustainable, but constitutes a balanced whole of financial, ecological and social sustainability.