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  • Det Naturliga Stegets vision är ett hållbart samhälle. Vår verksamhet går ut på att öka takten i hållbar utveckling genom att skapa engagemang, bygga kompetens och erbjuda metoder. Sedan 1989 har vi inspirerat beslutsfattare, företagare och akademin till att göra världen mer hållbar och på samma gång utvecklat och spritt ett vetenskapligt baserat ramverk som idag har ett stort antal aktiva användare världen över. 


    • New collaboration for sustainability in the leather industry - Stahl and The Natural Step

      Stahl logoThe Natural Step is pleased to announce a new sustainability collaboration with Stahl, a world leading company specialised in quality coatings for leather and performance coatings, as well as chemicals and dyes for leather processing.

      Like many other leading companies, Stahl has begun to better organise and integrate sustainable development into its business. Early in 2013, The Natural Step engaged the Stahl Mananagement Team in a process to look at the big picture global trends and responses from the corporate sector and identify specific business opportunities for the company. 

    • Beckers Sustainability Report 2012 – a case of linking strategy, sustainability principles and GRI reporting.
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      The Beckers Group, a partner of The Natural Step since 2008, has recently released its first global sustainability report. We are pleased to share the report here and to provide comment on how the process leading to this report has used two different sustainability methods - the Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development (FSSD) and Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) guidelines - to help the company define, measure and report progress.

    • TNS Sweden: factory, field, shop…and bed

      Here is a snapshot update of some of the work that's been going on in The Natural Step Sweden office lately. It was originally posted as part of the Spring 2013 Stepping Stones Newsletter.

      Our Swedish office gets a sharp, new leader while hosting ongoing collaborations for sustainability across a variety of sectors in Sweden and Europe. On high street, a fashion brand has a look at its product life cycles while the leather industry zeroes in on its processing chemicals. Out on the ranch, the Swedish beef industry rounds up the challenges of sustainable meat production. On the factory floor, the PVC industry continues to work toward its vision of PVC in a sustainable society, with support and coaching from The Natural Step. And after a long day of running around to all these places, our advisors sneak into a few choice hotels to see how sustainably they can be pampered.

    • We recommend - Urban Agriculture Summit in Linköping
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      29-31 januari 2013 Linköping, Sweden

      Det Naturliga Steget is an Endorsing Partner of this event and will participate and highly recommend our friends and parterns to join in.

      The year 2050 we will be 9 billion on Earth. 80% of us will live in cities. The cities are expanding in a way that will force longer transports of what we grow for food. At the same time the land suitable for cultivation will not suffice. We are approaching a future where serious conflicts regarding food as a resource is close at hand. D.S.

    • Nike looks to their North Star

      The Opportunity

      In 1998, Nike approached The Natural Step to help the company apply the principles of sustainability to its business operations. Over the following decade, Nike made considerable progress on a number of fronts, such as addressing labour compliance issues in their supply chain, reducing emissions, and eliminating toxic materials from their products. However, by 2008 a sentiment was building among the leaders of the company that these efforts were mostly about reducing negative impacts of their business and, as such, were backward rather than forward looking. To better align its efforts with the Nike culture, the company needed an aspirational goal to drive innovation efforts and align the ongoing work into a single forward-looking direction.

      The Response

      With leadership from Nike’s Director of Corporate Responsibility Horizons and the General Manager of Nike Considered, Nike and The Natural Step developed a project that would lead to transformative change in the organization and further position the company as a leader in sustainable product innovation.

    • Swedish Hotel chain Scandic has cut its carbon dioxide emissions in half

      Since 2007, the hotel chain has been working towards the goal of being completely carbon dioxide neutral by 2025. Now, four years later, Scandic has managed to halve their emissions and have thereby reached its sub target. What made this possible is the fact that Scandic now’s using solely renewable energy from wind and water for electricity in all the Nordic countries.

    • Green Globe: On Track to Becoming the Most Green Globe Certified Hospitality Company In the World

      Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, a partner of The Natural Step, was recently featured by Green Globe for their leadership towards sustainability in the hospitality industry.


      Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts is proud to announce that all its 21 hotels in Europe have achieved Green Globe certification. The achievement puts the Swiss upscale hospitality company on target to become the most certified hotel company in the world to receive the Green Globe seal.

      "We have been very committed to achieving Green Globe certification across all our properties in Europe and in the process enjoyed very positive feedback and engagement from our employees," said Ola Ivarsson, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts' Chief Operating Officer Europe.

    • Join us at the Stockholm+40 Conference

      The Natural Step invites you to join us at the Stockholm +40 Conference next week. The meeting builds from the UN Stockholm Conference in 1972. We are pleased to host a round table discussion on food in collaboration with the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency. We would also like to take the opportunity to invite you to an open dialogue meeting set up in conjunction to the conference. The dialogue meeting is planned for Sunday between 1-4 pm and will take you into a discussion of the coming challenges and sustainability. The dialogue springs out of a network of organizations and initiatives.  

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    • Karl-Henrik Robèrt and other Blue Planet Prize winners call for Transformational Change in paper launched this week at UNEP

      Dr. Karl-Henrik Robèrt, Founder of The Natural Step, joined a group of the world’s leading scientists and experts in sustainable development today in calling for urgent changes to policies and institutions to enable humanity to tackle environmental crises and improve human wellbeing.

      The group – all past winners of the Blue Planet Prize – have gathered in London to finalise a paper that will be launched at the UN Environment Programme’s Governing Council meeting in Nairobi on 20-22 February.

      The paper will emphasise transformational solutions to key environment and development challenges. It highlights the policies, technologies and behaviour changes required to protect the local, regional and global environment, stimulate the economy and enhance the livelihoods of the poor.

      The paper, Environmental and Development Challenges: The imperative to act comes ahead of the Rio+20 conference in Brazil in June, which marks the 20th anniversary of the historic UN Conference on Environment and Development (Rio Earth Summit).

      To view the draft paper, please visit Blue Planet Laureates: Environmental and Development Challenges – The Imperative to Act

    • Max Hamburgers Joins Global Sustainability Conference Planet Under Pressure

      Max-Hamburgers Teams Up with The Natural Step to present their case at an interactive session at The Planet Under Pressure conference. This interactive workshop will invite participants to develop fresh perspectives on how businesses, organisations, and science facilities can strategically plan to reduce pressures on our planet. For more information on the workshop, please visit Integrating sustainable development into strategic planning in any organization. Part 1: The planet.

      written by: Pär Larshans, Chief Sustainability Officer, Max Hamburgerrestauranger

      Max hamburgers from Sweden is the first business that has put the carbon on their menus, they have done a lot to reduce emissions and they are focusing on trustworthy business behaviour.  They are also the worlds largest carbon off setter within the Plan Vivo system with planting trees in Uganda. Even so they are also one of the most profitable fast-food company's globally when it comes to EBITDA.

    • Sustainability for Leaders - A true aha-experience

      We at the Natural Step think it's important to empower leaders of the future, to unite and engage through the framework for Strategic Sustainable Development. One way of doing this is through the courses we host all around the world, below is Anna Bengtssons own experience, Anna particitpated in a recent Level 1 course hosted in Stockholm. One early Tuesday morning in January a group of people met at The Natural Step (TNS) office in Stockholm for a two day course in Sustainability for Leaders. Together we were representing a range of backgrounds and professions; one participant was from India and another from Åland, some people had worked with sustainability issues for decades and some of us were quite new in the field.

    • Sweden’s top 100 most influential environmental leaders 2012

      Sweden is a country known for its clean and green policies and practice, but behind the action it is people who make the difference. That’s why this week’s publication by MiljöAktuellt of the top 100 individuals in the country voted as having the most ‘environmental influence’ is so interesting.

      The list gives an insight into who makes Sweden’s sustainability movement tick. While most Swedes wouldn’t dream of it being any other way, what’s most refreshing to see is the breadth of coverage in terms of issues being addressed and the representation of different ages groups and sections of Swedish society - NGO’s, researchers, thinkers, photographers, inventors, consultants, commentators, business leaders and politicians are all represented.


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