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Research Brief: Subject resources to minimum standards

In its recent report 'Sustainable alleviation of resource hunger', the Rathenau Instituut posits that a sustainable resources policy must satisfy at least the following minimum requirements: the use of resources must be profitable and must not cause any serious environmental damage or human-rights violations.

The sustainable use of natural resources requires an integrated policy, in which resource use is assessed based on the minimum requirements for People, Planet and Profit. The Institute recommends that resources should be considered ‘critical’ not only if they are important for our economy, but also if they result in serious environmental damage or human-rights violations. In Sustainable alleviation of resource hunger, the researchers discuss several indicators that could be suitable for implementing the proposed minimum requirements for People, Planet and Profit.