The Natural Step Canada is a national charity whose mission is to tackle climate change and accelerate the transition to a TRULY sustainable society that thrives within nature’s limits. Through our academy, advisory services and Sustainability Transition Labs we use best-in-class science, systems-thinking and facilitation to help individuals and organizations collaborate, solve complex problems, foster innovation, optimize performance and drive systems change.
The organization was founded in 1996, is headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario, and has staff and associates across Canada. We are a member of The Natural Step International - a global network of individuals and organizations who have been at the forefront of sustainable development since 1989 - now operating in 12 countries on 4 continents.
The Natural Step’s approach has been utilized by countless organizations worldwide including IKEA, Nike, Starbucks, Interface, Pratt and Whitney Canada, The Co-operators, the Landmark Group of Builders, countless universities, and many municipalities in Canada and around the world including the Resort Municipality of Whistler and the Town of Canmore, the Cities of Edmonton and Ottawa, and international municipalities such as Dublin, Ireland and dozens of municipalities in Sweden.
What People Are Saying
"Having The Natural Step’s framework, principles, and planning process gave us the rigor we needed to come out with a strong sustainability policy and vision."
— Barbara Turley-McIntyre, The Co-operators
"The beauty of The Natural Step is that they helped us overcome the challenge of translating sustainability into actionable, practical steps."
— Sarah Severn, Director of Stakeholder Mobilization, Nike Inc.
"Interface is committed to shifting from linear industrial processes to cyclical ones. To do this, we use a compass to guide us, and a set of tools to help us. They are both the result of The Natural Step."
— Ray Anderson, Interface