The Natural Step (TNS)Framework it is a comprehensive model for planning in complex systems. It is openly published and free for all to use. The TNS Framework is based on systems thinking; recognizing that what
happens in one part of a system affects every other part. This scientifically rigorous Framework gives organisations the tools to perform a gap analysis using the lens of sustainability, and then work toward closing the gap. Furthermore, The Natural Step Framework complements other sustainability tools and methodologies, such as life cycle analysis or environmental management systems, by providing the
context and strategic vision that makes them more effective.
The TNS Framework gives an organisation the tools to
look at the whole picture, understand the rules of the game, define success, and
move towards it together. It does this by developing a common
language and understanding in order to facilitate cooperation. This
allows for more effective communications and consensus building to realize a
The TNS Framework uses an upstream
approach that anticipates and avoids problems before they occur, rather
than reacting to their downstream effects.
The Natural Step Framework has helped hundreds of different organisations
around the world integrate sustainable development into their strategic planning
and create long lasting transformative change. It is constantly being used,
tested, refined and developed.
As the journey toward sustainability is complex, the TNS
Framework has created three distinct learning paths. Pick the path that best
suits your needs based on your awareness and experience with sustainability and
The Natural Step Framework.
- For those who are unfamiliar with The Natural Step Framework here is a quick overview.
- For those who are somewhat familiar with the Natural Step Framework here
is a complete (and quick) perspective to the approach.
- For those who already know and understand The Natural Step Framework
and would like to go deeper or get an in depth refresher go to
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