We achieve impact through partnerships
Below are some examples of the organisations we work with to achieve our ambitions.
We work with companies ready to push boundaries.
Business is make-or-break in driving exponential, systemic impact. Since 2008, we have worked closely with business leaders to effect change that will not only benefit people and the planet, but help future-proof their organisations for decades to come.
Our relationship with Covestro, for example…
A world-leading manufacturer of high-tech polymer materials. Covestro’s products are nearly everywhere in modern life; from our cars, smart phones and mattresses, to industrial refrigerators and thermal insulation. Volans advised the company – formerly Bayer MaterialScience – on their long-term sustainability strategy as they IPO’d out of the Bayer Group in 2015. We continue to help Covestro translate sustainability challenges into innovation opportunities across their business. Specific topics covered include: Carbon Productivity, Circular Economy and the future of cities.
We work with financial institutions investing in the future
Business will struggle to drive positive change at the necessary scale without being supported by financial markets. Tomorrow’s capitalism must shift from backing degeneration to investing in regeneration.
Our relationship with Innovate UK
The UK government’s innovation agency, Innovate UK drives productivity and economic growth by supporting and funding businesses to develop new ideas. Volans has participated on two of their Clean + Cool entrepreneur missions and developed a workshop series bringing together city authorities and SMEs to explore the role of business models in transforming cities.
We work with platforms to catalyse change
Complex problems can only be solved collaboratively. In this spirit, companies are joining business-to-business platforms to build partnerships and networks that will amplify their impact.
Our relationship with UN Global Compact
The UN Global Compact is the world’s largest sustainable business network with over 9,000 member companies. After the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals, the UNGC asked Volans to help their members make sense of the exponential change the goals imply, and the opportunities they represent. The result was Project Breakthrough.
We support and work with non-profits who share our mission
Business cannot create the necessary change alone. Business and civil society organisations must work together for inclusive impact.
Our relationship with The Global CO2 Initiative at the University of Michigan
The Global CO2 Initiative is a world-leading research and innovation hub for the New Carbon Economy. Its mission is to transform CO2 into commercially successful products. Volans is collaborating with the Global CO2 Initiative on a series of online and offline activities to close the gap between business and the cutting edge of research. In addition, Louise Kjellerup Roper is member of the Initiative’s global advisory board.
We work with educators to inspire the next generation of leadership
Our mindsets are powerfully shaped by our education. Although we face urgent challenges, our most important task remains in educating future generations — and ensuring they educate us.
Our relationship with University of Exeter
The Exeter MBA was ranked number 1 in the Corporate Knights’ Better World MBA rankings 2017. In 2018 Volans and the University of Exeter Business School created an 8-part online lecture series on the future of entrepreneurship, based on insights from Project Breakthrough.
We work with collaborators to be more powerful than the sum of our parts
Volans is small by design. We focus on what we’re best at and find experts who complement our skills and help us to deliver on ambitious projects.
Our relationship with Nori
This is a blockchain-based marketplace for removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Nori’s platform allows both businesses and individuals to take direct action in reversing global warming.
We run webinars together on how to build an economy which sequesters more carbon than it emits.
We work with the media to amplify our voice
We partner with the media to get the right message to the right people.
Our relationship with the Harvard Business Review
Although difficult to measure, one of our key success metrics is how well we influence the conversation around the future of business. Partnering with the media allows us to reach the right audiences. In 2018, John Elkington announced the first product recall of a management concept – the triple bottom line – in Harvard Business Review.