The Breakthrough Challenge – an update from Volans

Jay Owen SRI/ESG News, Sustainability News


Newsletter September 2014


The Breakthrough Challenge

Team Volans is excited because the coming months will see us going into Breakthrough overdrive – hyperdrive, even. Key developments include the launch of our latest book, the start of the latest phase of our Breakthrough Capitalism program and the second round of our Corporate Venture Capital work.

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The Untold Story of Mission Zero

Commissioned by Interface to celebrate its Mission Zero anniversary, Volans’ latest report charts the Interface journey over the past 20 years, and analyses how it is well positioned to break through in areas including climate change, water and waste.

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The Corporate Frontier of Impact Investing

Following Volans’ recent report, Investing in Breakthrough: Corporate Venture Capital, find out more about our plans to scale impact through corporate venturing.

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A Tale of Two Cities Breaking Through

Colombo and Singapore may have more in common than meets the eye. Volans reports on the eagerness to leapfrog the sustainability journey encountered in both cities.

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The Business Case for Saving the Planet

Volans is excited to partner with Sustainia to build a solutions-focused movement through the coming year, ahead of the COP21 climate conference in paris in December 2015.

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News & Events

·        John Elkington considers if a sustainable future is now in reach, in Guardian Sustainable Business‘ new ‘Rethinking Prosperity’ section

·        John Elkington and Jochen Zeitz discuss the “5 Rules of Tomorrow’s Bottom Line” in Fast Company

·        Joel Makower interviews John Elkington on The Breakthrough Challenge in

·        Amanda Feldman and Charmian Love comment on how to matchmake corporate venture capitalists with impact investors in Pioneers Post

·        Volans will be speaking at events in London, Berlin, Zurich, Oxford and Santiago in the coming months, including a book launch on 6 October in Berlin, hosted by BMW Foundation and Impact Solutions. Click here for the full event listing.

·        Volans is pleased to be a partner at Good Deals 2014. Click here to find out how to get your exclusive discount code.

·        We bid farewell and thank our On Purpose Associate, Sasha Afanasieva, and both our interns, Tim Cholibois and Nathalie Van Haaren from University College London. We also welcome Astrid Høgsted, our new Research Associate for the Breakthrough Program. 


Get in Touch

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