The Natural Step
The Natural Step
(TNS) is a science and systems-based approach to organizational
planning for sustainability. It provides a practical set of
design criteria that can be used to direct social, environmental,
and economic actions.
The TNS Framework is fundamentally based on both an integrated
assessment of current economic, social and ecological dynamics,
and on the implications of present trends for human society.
The approach was developed in the late 1980s in response to
growing concerns about the public health problems resulting
from increasing toxins in the environment and current societal
resource use practices.
In an effort to provide a practical tool for assessing decisions
in terms of sustainability, The TNS Framework was created. The
TNS Framework describes core guiding principles for moving toward
sustainability. It is intended to assist decision-makers by
providing a pragmatic analytical tool for understanding and
integrating sustainability principles into complex organizations.
The TNS Framework has three main components:
The Natural Step uses a metaphorical tool to better understand
the current environmental predicament, and the limited room
The Natural Step works with scientists to develop a set of basic
principles used to help guide organizations towards sustainability.
Strategy for Action
The Natural Step creates and tests specific tools used for integrating
sustainability into complex organizations' strategic planning
and decision-making processes.
The Natural Step U.S.
P.O. Box 29372
San Francisco, CA 94129-0372
Phone: (415) 561-3344
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Last updated: April 7, 2003
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