Brundtland Report of 1987
The 1987 Report of the Brundtland Commission (also known as the World Commission on Environment and Development) was the first to formulate and define the concept of Sustainable Development. This report laid the foundation for worldwide conversations and brought the issue of Sustainability to public attention.
The Brundtland Commission defined the term "sustainable development" even then as follows:
"Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs and choose their own lifestyles."
Enquete Commission "Protection of People and the Environment: Goals and Framework Conditions" from 1998
The Commission's guiding principle for sustainable and future-compatible development provides for three dimensions (three pillars) for which the Commission recommends and developed basic rules. These are composed of the ecological, economic and social dimensions.
The procedure for integrating these areas should no longer, as in the past, consider only one sub-area and ignore the others, but should identify and take into account the interrelationships and interactions between the three dimensions and the objective.