The Sustainability Collaborative assembles teams of highly experienced advisors, facilitators, process leaders, analysts, designers, trainers, coaches and communicators who are skilled in connecting sustainability science, strategy and implementation.

We are under no illusions about the scale of transformation required to address global challenges. Everyone has a role to play and new forms of collaboration are needed. That's why we've designed an operating model for collective impact. 


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Involving two or more people or organizations working together for a particular purpose.


When the efforts of collaborating parties become greater than the sum of their parts.


Since its launch in Sweden in 1989, The Natural Step has helped thousands  of organizations, including Fortune 500 companies, government departments, universities, municipalities, and small- and medium-sized businesses in their respective journeys to sustainability. 

Today, The Natural Step has a network of offices across Europe, North America and Asia and access to over 1000 trained experts in more than 80 countries. In Scandinavia, our activities are entering a new phase intent on leveraging this network to achieve more.

The Sustainability Collaborative was founded in Stockholm in 2020 as a new entity within The Natural Step network. Our aim is to empower sustainability practitioners, provide professional services to clients and support the mission of The Natural Step in spreading experience using systems-based approaches to sustainability. 


Effective collaboration on complex tasks requires a shared understanding of goals and pathways to their achievement. That's why we use the internationally recognised Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development as a shared language to translate sustainability from concept into action.

Grounded in science and systems thinking, it provides a holistic definition of socio-ecological sustainability and a step by step process to guide strategic, economic and smart decision-making toward sustainability. We combine this other tools and methods to implement change.  

“The Natural Step’s sustainability principles have been tested and applied since the early 1990’s and are designed as a compass to cut through the complexity.” 

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We offer an attractive and expanding base for independent, qualified sustainability professionals to work meaningfully together with clients and collaborators.  Our ambition is to become a thriving, global, purpose-driven platform cooperative that creates meaningful and measurable sustainability transformations through the work of its members and collaborators. To achieve this, we organise our activities around three strategic objectives based on our theory of change.   


Build a transformation ecosystem of people and partners to solve 21st century challenges.


Provide expertise to support sustainability transformation in key areas where we can make a difference.


Demonstrate and communicate collective impact to influence systems.

If you've got ideas on how to support our strategy, we'd love to hear from you!