Are you ready for the Breakthrough Decade?

How we help business leaders get ready for the challenges and opportunities of the 2020s

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:

UN Global Compact Embraces Breakthrough

Under its new Executive Director, Lise Kingo, the UN Global Compact has commissioned Volans to co-evolve a 2-year Breakthrough Innovation Program. Key areas of work involve a critical review of sustainable business concepts, interviews with leading ‘Exponential’ innovators, entrepreneurs, investors and policy-makers, and work on tomorrow’s technologies and business models.

Volans Supports New Global Commission

The 2016 World Economic Forum summit launched the Business and Sustainable Development Commission. This includes leaders of top companies and business-to-business platforms like WEF, WBCSD, the UN Global Compact and The B Team. John Elkington has joined the Advisory Board, while Volans helps tackle the business innovation agenda.

Chairing GRI Technology Consortium

Corporate sustainability reporting and integrated reporting have been central to our work. Now John Elkington is chairing the new Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Technology Consortium, involving companies like IBM, HP and SAP. The aim: to explore how new technology can help drive and enable system-level transparency, accountability and action.


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


Championing the Breakthrough agenda at…

2nd June 2016

Forum ö 2016 – Innovation meets Tradition

John Elkington will keynote at the annual conference of oebu (Swiss Business Council for Sustainable Development), discussing the role of Breakthrough Innovation in a time of disruption.

Location: Papiersaal, Sihlcity, Zürich MORE INFO
26th July 2016

Green Building Convention 2016

John Elkington will keynote at this annual event organised by the Green Building Council, South Africa.

Location: Johannesburg, South Africa 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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