Interface and The Natural Step: how to implement a sustainability revolution

Interface and The Natural Step: how to implement a sustainability revolution

Interface, Inc. is the world’s largest manufacturer of modular carpet. In 1994, Interface Founder Ray Anderson challenged his co-workers to pursue a bold new vision:
“Be the first company that, by its deeds, shows the entire world what sustainability is in all its dimensions: people, process, product, place and profits – and in doing so, become restorative through the power of influence.”
The Natural Step was there from the start, helping the company and its people to determine what true sustainability would look like for them, and giving them a strategic approach to make the journey in innovative, profitable steps. We are pleased to present this case study of the Interface sustainability success story–pulling back the curtain on how it was done.

A “Golden Standard” develops from collaboration in Dublin

In January 2008, Dublin City Council (DCC) began working with RealEyes Sustainability Ltd. and The Natural Step to move toward strategic, organisational sustainability using The Natural Step Framework.

In November 2008, Dublin City Council kicked-off its new “Sustainable Dublin” effort with Dr. Karl-Henrik Robèrt, founder of The Natural Step, providing inspiration through the keynote address. To date, the City of Dublin has already made significant strides with strategies to improve energy efficiency, waste management and protect biodiversity.