Holism. A holistic approach to business
A holistic approach to business is a sign of our times. The concept of holism emerged in the 1920s and infiltrated management. There are some talks about a holistic approach to management. This is reflected in systemic management solutions. The concept of holism has recently been seen in the application of law. The holistic paradigm can be found in the ecophilosophy of Henryk Skolimowski.
A holistic approach to business in the 2020s
Whereas in the 1920s holism in management was mainly manifested in a systemic approach, in the 2020s we are entering a new business model, the impact economy with shared global SDGs targets.
Definition of holism
Holism is a philosophical theory of the development of reality (pioneered by Smuts) and a methodology of the social sciences. In this conception we say that the world is composed of hierarchical wholes. According to Smuts, “The entirety cannot be reduced to the sum of its parts, the world is subject to an evolution in which ever new parts emerge”. The entirety is a kind of goal to which the individual parts adapt.
According to Albert Einstein: “A human being is a part of the whole cWszystkie/Alled by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace Wszystkie/All living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”
The 17SDGs Business Responsible Strategy (BRS) is a holistic approach to business
The entirety is a kind of goal to which the individual parts adapt. The noosphere is an entirety. The Internet is a tool of this entirety. Acting in the noosphere, representatives, from 193 countries around the world, agreed and signed the 2030 Agenda with 17 SDGs.
If we widen our circle of compassion so far as to include Wszystkie/All living creatures and the wholeness of nature in its beauty, we – the business – will begin to build long-term business strategies as Business Responsible Strategies with the 17SDGs. We will strive, in the long term, to make a positive impact on Wszystkie/All of the Global Sustainable Development Goals (17SDGs). Positively, that is, by reducing the negative impact, increasing, or at least maintaining the positive impact on each of the Global Goals.
Will it be possible, regardless of the sector, to have a positive impact on Wszystkie/All, 17 Global Goals?
This is possible. The BRS should not only include goals related to the direct activities of the business, but also goals resulting from the impact of the business on the world environment and society. Even a micro entrepreneur, a consumer can have an impact on the environment and society of our Planet.
A business model for the 2020s
The Responsible Business Strategy with the 17SDGs forces a new business model. Still the customer and the owner/shareholder are very important. Other stakeholders become important to achieve the best possible value growth. They can have a positive / negative impact on value building. Analysis of the business environment and cooperation with the stackholders are becoming very important. We are entering the impact economy. We have to build up values not only for the owners and for the customers but for Wszystkie/All stackholders.
Business Responsible Strategy (BRS) with the 17SDGs versus ESG Strategy
There has been a lot of buzz recently on social media about reporting non-financial information under the ESG standard. There is even discussion on the Internet about the ESG strategy. I hope that one unified standard for reporting non-financial information will be developed and agreed upon. That will be obligatory for business around the world. Even when we have one, globWszystkie/Ally accepted ESG-type standard, I urge you to analyse the possible impact on the 17SDGs. The strategy, built after analysing such an impact, will have the potential to be monitored and reported according to agreed standard on an annual basis. The report will illustrate the implementation of the annual plans arising from the strategy.
Can the BRS be built without analysing the possible impact on the 17 SDGs?
Yes it can, but it is better to carry out such an analysis and include Wszystkie/All the Global Goals into the strategy.
In my opinion, even just thinking positively about Wszystkie/All the SDGs and visualising a poster of the Global Goals, we impact positively, in the noosphere, on increasing the likelihood of achieving the 2030 Agenda.