Are you ready for Breakthrough?

How we enable business leaders to create the new wave of exponential, systemic solutions

Who we are

Volans catalyzes breakthrough change


We help leaders move from incremental to systemic solutions.


To avoid Breakdown, we work for Breakthrough--not Change-as-Usual.


We catalyze market change through agenda setting, advocacy and advice.

Our work

As a market catalyst, we’re interested both in the rate of change
and in its direction, quality and reach. Current projects include:

Making carbon productive

Volans and Covestro are leading an international consortium evolving new thinking on Carbon Productivity - a discipline that cross-cuts almost every aspect of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The ambition: to have all businesses pay as much attention to the carbon they employ as to the financial capital they invest.


Volans spotlights 6 new Breakthrough Business Model features

Volans' new series of briefings on Project Breakthrough spotlights 6 Breakthrough business model features - Personalisation, Closed-Loop, Asset Sharing, Usage-based Pricing, Collaborative Ecosystem and Agility. Read an introduction to this work on Medium.


Volans is proud to announce 'Project Breakthrough' - in collaboration with the UN Global Compact. Project Breakthrough is the home of the exponential mindsets, business models and technologies that will make the SDGs possible by 2030.


Volans releases new report, "Breakthrough Business Models"

Our September 2016 report spotlights the shift from the business case for change, to the business models needed to deliver both financial and extra-financial value in tomorrow's world. The report was commissioned by the Business and Sustainable Development Commission, launched at the 2016 World Economic Forum summit.



We shape the future with private, public and citizen sector partners


Championing the Breakthrough agenda at…

26th April 2017

Making Global Goals Local Business – India

Breakthrough will be a key theme as the UNGC brings together over 300 local and global leaders to develop innovative business models to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Volans will run a plenary session on breakthrough innovation and John Elkington will deliver a keynote speech.

Location: New Delhi, India MORE INFO
15th May 2017

Oslo Business for Peace Summit 2017

The Business for Peace Summit is a two-day event that has rapidly gained recognition as one of the world’s foremost meeting places for leaders who seek to develop business models that create both economic and societal value. John Elkington will give a keynote to mark the 30th anniversary of the Brundtland Report.

Location: Oslo, Norway MORE INFO
18th May 2017


Project Breakthrough is partnering with WIRED Money 2017. To get your ticket sign up here.

Location: London, UK MORE INFO


Since Volans was founded in 2008, we have produced
a series of books and reports on Breakthrough change.
Here are four recent titles:


If you would like to discuss our Breakthrough work further,
or if you have ideas on how to collaborate, please get in touch below.

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London, WC1A 2QA

+44 (0)20 7268 0390


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Visit Project Breakthrough, exploring the mindsets, business models and technologies needed to deliver the Global Goals.