Sustainable Development is a concept that has gained increasing
importance in public policies in the last decade. Basically, it calls for an
integrated consideration of the economic, the environmental and the
socio-cultural dimensions of development with a special attention for long-term
Since 2000, the European Union requires that all programmes and
policies supported by the EU be conceived and carried out in view of the concept
of Sustainable Development. Also at national and regional levels similar
requirements are being introduced.
An answer to this challenge is:
SQM – Sustainable Quality Management ®
a system for managing sustainable development processes
SQM is the
product of a series of research and pilot projects all across Europe. The
initial concepts were developed in the EU funded research project INSURED.
The modular SQM system provides concepts, methods, procedures and tools
for different tasks and user groups, mainly for
- the development of projects and programmes
- appraisal, monitoring and evaluation
- ensuring transparency of policies and programmes, their objectives and achievements
- public discussion and intercultural exchange of experiences
The company SQM-praxis GmbH provides services and resources around SQM.
Its main products are:
- training courses
- internet-based management and evaluation tools
Consulting is ensured by the SQM Partner Network
On this website you will find
different approaches to SQM:
System gives an overview and description of the whole modular system of
concepts, procedures, methods and tools. Here, you may also accede to the web-based
instruments which are public.
SQM Users approaches the issue from the point of view of different user
groups of SQM and shows which modules are appropriate for whom.
Training shows the training courses offered by SQM-praxis and
explains the system of certificates.
SQM Experiences and Resources tells about the history of SQM, gives information about reference
projects and provides a number of documents for download.
About Us tells you about the people behind SQM, the company SQM-guide
and the SQM Partner Network of certified consultants.