Author Archives: John Elkington

Volans Supports UN Global Compact LEAD Boards Program

I’m delighted to have been invited to be on the roster of potential facilitators of board-level sessions for the UN Global Compact LEAD initiative. Told Georg Kell of the UNGC…

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The Breakthrough Challenge – NYC Launch

This evening I’m delighted to be speaking at an event by New York’s Central Park that I suspect will be quite (American sense) frustrating … but for the very best…

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Get Ready For The Breakthrough Decade…

And prepare to change your theory of change ‘What happens in next 40 years is critical for all humanity for centuries to come. What happens in next 10 years sets range of…

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Shared Value Stretched by Sustainability, Zero

Volans co-organised a Zero Workshop at Nestle’s Vevey HQ last week, highlights of which are captured in this Guardian Sustainable Business blog, published today. Innovators from across Nestle took part,…

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Sustainability’s New Tower of Babel

With so many differing sustainability platforms, bringing order out of chaos means developing a common language. Our latest post on CSRWire raises the question whether we need to mind our…

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Shell, Greenpeace & Carbon Capture

Just back from a Shell reception at the National Gallery, the frontage of which – overlooking London’s Trafalgar Square – had been draped with a large banner by Greenpeace. Spoke…

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Recyclebank in Fast Company’s Most Innovative Rankings

Fast Company has just named Recyclebank – one of the portfolio of some 30 organizations we help though serving on Boards or Advisory Boards – as number 37 on its…

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What’s in a name, or rather a tagline?

When we set up Volans early in 2008, we adopted the tagline: ‘The Business of Social Innovation,’ a phrase which soon went into the language.  At the same time, we…

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RIP Ray Anderson, ‘Zeronaut’

I was enormously saddened yesterday to hear of the death of Ray Anderson, founder of Interface, a self-described ‘Radical Industrialist’ and long-time champion of sustainability.  He had told me how…

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Blue Planet Goes Barefoot

Barefoot College, founded by Volans advisory Board member Bunker Roy, is one of the winners of this year’s Blue Planet Prize—which is in its twentieth year.  The Prize is offered…

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Volans Joins Designers Accord

We are delighted to have joined the Designers Accord, as a Corporate Adopter. Adopters of the Designers Accord commit to five guidelines that provide collective and individual ways to take…

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Geoffrey West on unified field theory of scaling

Time and again, I hear people saying that Twitter only brings them dross, but time and again I find it brings a real haul of treasure – most recently, and…

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Happy Earth Day, from NASA

I can still remember the first moment I saw the ‘Blue Marble’ shot in 1972, of Planet Earth from space. As is often said, it – and the cornucopia of…

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NYT: TBL Needn’t Doom You – Become a B-Corp!

In an interesting article, the New York Times raises the question whether being a triple bottom line (TBL) company dooms you to being taken over by the sector leader? It…

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Recyclebank No. 1 in WSJ cleantech listing

Congratulations! The Wall Street Journal has just named Recyclebank as the #1 venture-capital-backed cleantech company. The Top 10 Clean-Tech ranking, announced yesterday evening at the Journal‘s ECO:nomics Executive Conference in Santa…

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