Sustainability Through Equality, Reciprocity, & Action

The original home of the Sustainability Treaty this site was designed to bring information about relations between the Netherlands and other nations involved in relations with the Netherlands in the Sustainability Treaty.

The treaty at it’s last involved relations between The Netherlands and the following countries:

  • Costa Rica
  • Bhutan
  • Benin

This treaty was an experiment and it’s aim was to promote sustainable devlopment through reciprocity, equality & participation.

There is much more detailed written documentation provided at the following links:

To dive into more in depth discussions of the Sustainability Treaty the following resources are sure to provide what you’re after:

The above resources should be what you need. Please let us know if you need more and we’ll do what we can to help.

If you need more info just leave a comment or if there is some other sustainability question please feel free to comment below and we’ll see if we can help.

An excellent commentary showing how pursuing a sustainable relationships between businesses that sell coffee and the farmers that grow the coffee is beneficial to both parties and actually crucial to maintaining a quality product.

This educational video briefly explains the need for sustainable building practices and presents information about a rating system called LEED that provides consistent and credible standards for what a green building really is.

The standards certification covers site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, indoor environmental quality.

An excellent informative video to explain why sustainable building practices are necessary and what is being done to promote sustainable building and construction.

This short documentary made by a student provides some interesting commentary on fair trade coffee.


This video briefly explains what sustainability is, why it matters, and what some are doing to make sustainable development a reality.

The Brundtland Commission of the United Nations  stated on March 20, 1987: “sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

The aim of any effort for sustainability is long term survival of communities & societies as well as the planet that we live on.

Irresponsible development of communities & societies leads to a culture of unsustainable living.

Through considering that communities & societies are in fact interlinked as the environment of our planet is interlinked a more holistic approach can be taken to care for not only the needs of one group but through mutually beneficial agreements the needs of the whole not only right now but continuing on into the future.

This is accomplished through many ways.

Green (environmentally friendly) building, sustainable methods of agriculture, responsible use of resources through reorganizing living conditions, through creating more efficient methods of energy production & consumption, and overall through implementing practices that make the long term future of society and the planet an important consideration in the decision making process.

The Sustainability  Act attempts to do this in theory through considering the needs of other cultures / societies that do trade with equal to their own regardless of the dis-similarity in wealth / economic status.

As a result of this view of equality reciprocity occurs in that a fair amount of compensation is provided for the goods / services provided and open communication and trade channels can be maintained over the long term between participants.

Because of this open trade and communication an ongoing actionable relationship is formed and because both participants are receiving fair compensation this relationship becomes sustainable.

In the natural world such relationships are symbiotic and this symbiosis is the type of sustainable relationship that will benefit both parties for many many years into the future.

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