Life needs growth. Many biological processes are based on cell growth. It is also similar in an economy. A society that produces more than it consumes may sell or exchange the surplus. Economists therefore agree that economic growth creates prosperity. But there is no definitive answer to the question of what price we are willing to pay for growth.
Sustainability means safeguarding resources and the environment, using only what grows back – just like in a forest. This requires long-term thinking and lays the groundwork for economic growth that will not harm future generations. With this principle of substance preservation, the focus is not on quick profits, but on long-term business development which benefits Germany and its regions – across national boundaries. What kind of support do companies need in order for them to grow sustainably?