Holden, E., Linnerud, K., Banister, D., Schwanitz, V. J. & Wierling, A. (2017). The imperatives of sustainable development: needs, justice, limits. Routledge.
Thirty years ago, the UN report Our Common Future placed sustainable development firmly on the international agenda. The Imperatives of Sustainable Development takes the ethical foundations of Our Common Future and builds a model that emphasizes three equally important moral imperatives – satisfying human needs, ensuring social justice, and respecting environmental limits. This model suggests sustainability themes and assigns thresholds to them, thereby defining the space within which sustainable development can be achieved.