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Business and Social Innovation for Sustainable Lifestyles

Monday 21 October 8.00-9.00, the Eigtveds Pakhus, Copenhagen


When:  October 21, 2014 - 8.00-9.15
Where:  Room II
Organiser:  Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production (CSCP)

Session goals and expected outcomes:

  • To present a vision on what is needed to develop the framework conditions for governments and business to foster new business and social innovation to mainstream sustainable lifestyles.
  • To collaboratively define a set of “must have” activities for a multi-stakeholder 3GF partnership on business and social innovation for sustainable lifestyles and to define the roadmap ahead.


Technological innovation and resource efficiency alone will not be sufficient to achieve the transition towards consumption and production patterns that respect the limits of our planet. To develop into a sustainable society, significant change will be required at the level of individual lifestyles and consumption, as well as in products, services and infrastructures made available to consumers. New solutions are needed to help consumers – the sustainability of products they choose; the way they use products and treat these at the end of their life; and the creation of an enabling environment. Business and social innovation play here a key role, and multi-stakeholder collaboration is required.


This session invited participants to jointly shape ideas for partnership actions that enable sustainable lifestyles. As kick-starters and inspiration for the discussions the following pathways for transformative action were offered:

  • Framing the identification of lifestyle sustainability impact areas and collaboratively identifying innovation priorities.
  • Exploring and conceptualizing the added value of products and services for mainstreaming the means for sustainable living.
  • Scaling up business models supporting sustainable lifestyles by mapping and testing feasible and high impact options.
  • Integrating lifestyle transition concepts in sustainable city development to inspire innovation in city planning and governance.

Session agenda:

  • Setting the scene.
  • Roundtable discussions on partnership pathways.
  • Outlining “must haves” for partnership roadmap.