The Natural Step Canada is a dynamic non-profit organization with over 15 years of experience helping organizations and individuals understand and make progress toward sustainability.
Our vision is a sustainable society – one in which individuals, communities, businesses and institutions thrive within nature’s limits.
Our mission is to accelerate the transition to a sustainable society.
Today our work centers around convening Sustainability Transition Labs; multi-stakeholder collaborative initiatives designed to tackle complex social and environmental challenges. Ongoing Sustainability Transition Labs include:
- The Energy Futures Lab, a groundbreaking Alberta-based initiative to address the deeply polarized and polarizing nature of public dialogue on energy issues
- The Circular Economy Lab, which brings together private and public sector leaders and innovators to generate, test and implement circular economy solutions.
- The Natural Capital Lab, an ambitious initiative to shape and align how we account for natural capital in Canada.
We also deliver the IMPACT! Youth Sustainability Leadership Training Program, which brings together young people in communities across Canada who are passionate about improving our communities and creating a more sustainable world.
The Natural Step has received a number of awards over the years including: Mikhail Gorbachev’s Green Cross Millennium Award in 1999 and The Blue Planet Award (considered the “Nobel Prize of the Environment”) in 2000. The Natural Step’s founder, Dr. Karl-Henrik Robèrt, has been honoured with numerous international distinctions including the first Laureate Medal for Social Responsibility issued in 2005 by the Global Centre for Leadership and Business Ethics and, in 2009, as an Ashoka Fellow and Globalizer. In 2006, The Natural Step’s “Sustainability 101” eLearning course was awarded the Brandon Hall Silver Medal for Excellence in Learning, and in 2016 The Natural Step was Awarded first prize in the non-profit category at the Canadian Museum of Nature’s Nature Inspiration Awards.
We are part of a global network of non-profit organizations that share the same brand, core identity and purpose and that has been at the forefront of sustainable development internationally for more than twenty years. The science-based framework that we employ (called the Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development – FSSD) has been used successfully in hundreds of forward-thinking organizations around the world.
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