Richard Blume - Senior Sustainability Advisor, The Natural Step

Richard blume
Richard blume

Richard is a Senior Sustainability Advisor for The Natural Step (TNS), an international non-profit organisation dedicated to accelerating the transition to a future in which individuals, communities, businesses and institutions thrive within nature’s limits. He has more than a decade of experience helping both SME’s and multinationals integrate sustainability into core business strategy and operations in sectors such as extractive industries, chemicals, construction and the built environment, retail, footwear, apparel and beauty as well as in social enterprise. Using this common approach he works closely with business partners to build awareness and commitment to sustainable business, design change processes, engage leadership teams on vision and strategic roadmap development, implement employee engagement programmes, establish indicators and sustainability reporting, as well as evaluate tools, products, materials and value chains.

Richard also sits on the Release Council of the Future-Fit Business Benchmark, a new open source tool that builds on this framework to offer a universal set of goals and metrics businesses can use to measure progress toward truly sustainable performance.


Richard holds a masters degree is sustainability leadership and a combined bachelors degree in civil/environmental engineering and international relations.

Richard will highlight the critical importance of taking an outside-in, future-oriented perspective to succeed in a rapidly changing world. He’ll share insights on evolving approaches to corporate sustainability and give examples of how organisations are benefiting from integrating these principles into their strategy and operations. He’ll also provide guidance on how businesses large and small can apply a strategic framework to guide action to be part of the new global agenda and how to measure performance to become fit for the future.