SQM (Sustainable Quality Management)SQM has its origins in the EU research project INSURED (Instruments for Sustainable Regional Development, 1996-1998) with partners from Germany, Italy, Austria, Ireland and Switzerland. This project was aimed at elaborating a holistic approach towards sustainable development.
INSURED Sustainable Development. A comprehensive approach INSURED Final report
Previously, the term Sustainable Quality Management appeared in the 1990s in theoretical considerations and in a programme of UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organisation) aimed at analysing the entrepreneurial tendencies in several countries. However, it was only on the basis of the INSURED project that two of the INSURED partners (Ruggero Schleicher-Tappeser of EURES Germany and Filippo Strati of SRS - Italy) created the SQM Sustainable Quality Management ® system with the associated mark in 1999. These partners founded also a company (SQM-praxis Gmbh) in 2001 to develops operational tools for practitioners in order to support evaluation procedures and decision making processes. Following the closure of SQM-praxis the 31st of December 2005, the trade mark rights were transferred to the its former founders (Ruggero Schleicher-Tappeser and Filippo Strati), while SRS acquired all the tools developed till then through research and pilot projects both at European, national and local level.
In June 2005 the European Union (EU) Council approved the Declaration on Guiding Principles for Sustainable Development which partly echoes the Earth Charter Principles elaborated in 2000. Taking into account these important documents, as well as the results of several projects, the SQM general descriptors have been updated to disseminate the EU commitment to sustainable development and to mainstream its basic principles into policies and practices.
The SQM framework answers five critical questions while comparing the present situation and the future perspective:
|Present||Future||SQM aspects (32)|
|What is done?||What should be done?||Orientation (10 components)|
|Why it is done?||Why it should be done?|
|How it is done?||How it should be done?|
|Who does it?||Who should do it?||Social Potential (16 key factors)|
|When it is done?||When it should be done?||Dynamics (6 levers of transformation)|
|SQM Orientation aspects|
|What should be done?||The integration of 3 development dimensions|
|Why it should be done?||To integrate 3 equity dimensions|
|How it should be done?||Through the integration of 4 systemic principles||
|SQM Social Potential aspects|
|Who should do it?||Institutional Capital||
|SQM Dynamics aspects|
|When it should be done?|
1999 SQM general descriptors 2006 SQM general descriptors
Some projects and publications on SQM