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English definition of “the triple bottom line”

the triple bottom line

noun [S]
 
 
COMMERCE, ENVIRONMENT
the idea that a company's performance must be measured not only in relation to profits, but also to its effect on the environment and society as a whole: Financial centres' attitudes will only change when triple bottom line issues have a real effect on profits and dividends.
(Definition of the triple bottom line from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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