- Is the current system state (country, city, business, neighbourhood, process or product...) well established through monitoring key factors such as: efficiency; renewability; living within biophysical limits; socio-economic goals geared to wellbeing, fairness and equality; empowerment of local communities? And is the data valid and reliable?
- Is any variation from a sustainable state efficiently and effectively detected, using indicator alert zones as appropriate?
- Once unacceptable variation is found, are systems for assessing root causes and enacting corrective action in place?
- Are there records that previous variations have been picked up and effectively corrected? Go to 1.
The process overall should be subject to a well accepted process of inspection, verification and certification, preferably independent, on a regular, appropriately frequent basis. All organisations involved should run themselves sustainably.
Easily said, far from easily done!!