Core Values

The path forward for planet Positive

Aligning growth and sustainability across the value chain by working with volunteers, thought-leaders, specialists and the wider industry.

1. Open innovations

The first and foremost value shift that we need for creating a sustainable future is to create an environment for open innovations.  It is abundantly clear that for innovations to be useful for the wider planet, we need new approaches to move beyond the boundaries of politics, location and red tapes of existing systems or policies.  

When you start thinking the ‘World as One” – you start to realise that all innovations require power of creating value for self as well for the planet. Companies, Governments and Societies must focus on building ways to collaborate open heartedly with a purpose to  generate innovations that makes planet positive.

In this new normal, our working and lifestyle patterns are going through a major shift. We’re experiencing a global movement which will continue to redefine what we know today.

2. Collective Outcomes

The modern management and capitalism often define success measures in terms of “accelerated growth” or “profit”. We rewards individual performance over team outcomes as a norm. That’s how our systems and thinking are wired. Capitalism may well had been the answer for getting where we are today but it is definitely not the answer for tomorrow.

The global events and climate change have an impact on all countries & geographies. Hence, we all need to shift towards collective outcomes.

When we focus on collective outcomes, it drives collaboration, cooperation, and teamwork. Successful organisations will find it a continuous endeavour and a critical mandate to work as a team (not individuals), leveraging collective strengths to deliver collective outcomes.

3. Sustainable Value Delivery

We are going through unprecedented times.

Sustainability is an important cornerstone for future growth. Stakeholders are expecting more businesses to integrate sustainability into their corporate strategy. Businesses need to take action now to manage their environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks, seize new opportunities and carve out a competitive advantage.

Leaders must adopt sustainable growth mindset along with the perceived opportunity value. Leaders should carefully define components that make up the value and assess the impact to planet & overall ecosystem. For every initiative or program or project that an organisation plans to deliver combining agility and sustainability at every step is fundamental for progress. 

4. Collocated Minds

Today the concept of “collocated minds” is very common across industries. Many organisations have shifted towards hybrid working models and technology advancements in collaboration space has simply been astonishing.

We’ve learnt that  power of minds connected through any medium is more effective and essential to operate in these uncertain times. We’re dealing with complex challenges that require global thinking and global solutioning. Connecting people across the globe and creating a shared understanding (vision) are the 2 winning propositions for sustainability at pace.

5. Empathy and Trust

Empathy is one of the oldest natural phenomenon.  Empathy drives trust. From centuries, natural ecosystems and civil evolution have shown us how empathy and trust drives collaboration and positive relationships. 

Empathy and Trust are 2 timeless elements that forms the basis of human and business relationship.  The market conditions, layoff, natural climate events and many other never seen before elements are driving a “tense” environment around us.

 A truly nimble mindset that encourages people to be at their best while balancing their essential needs is really critical for a better today and a golden tomorrow. A sustainable work culture, driven deeply by empathy and trust would promote sustainable outcomes. 


Why are we moving away from Manifesto terminology towards simply CORE Values

1We started with the Sustainable Agile movement in 2020. Our initial idea was to evolve the existing Agile Manifesto towards Manifesto for Sustainable Agile. We got great encouragement and support from the community. A manifesto often is political, social or artistic in nature, sometimes revolutionary, but may present an individual's life stance. It gives you a feeling that it's for someone else to fulfil the values that is written as part of the manifesto. It's their manifesto, not mine. We saw the last 2 decades of misuse of Agile Manifesto and we are convinced that we need a better way to communicate our thinking. Over last few months, it became very clear that we need to evolve from a "Manifesto" thinking and provide a more evolved version towards Core Values.

2The term "Agile" or "agile" has been overpowered with practically millions of different interpretations and we wanted to move towards "agility" which is the way we carry ourselves in work as well as life. It's not about a framework or approach. It about our responsive ecosystem. Hence, we decided to evolve from "Agile" to "agility". That's Sustainagility 2.0 for us all.

CORE Values are
Universally Applicable

SustainAgility Core Values are applicable across all aspects of work and life. These values are not limited to any particular domain, function, industry or team, or business model. These core values can be universally applied to any and all of the below compositions:

  1. Domains of Work
  2. Types of Team Compositions
  3. Industries
  4. Technology Functions
  5. Business Functions
  6. Business Models
  7. Individuals

Have your organisation adopted SustainAgility Core Values

If your organisation adopted SustainAgility Core Values in any shape or form, we would like to hear from you. Please get in touch with us to share your story with the community.