The Triple Layer Business Model Canvas (TLBMC) is a tool to support the creative exploration of sustainable business models and sustainability-oriented innovation more broadly. It complements and extends Osterwalder and Pigneur’s original economically-oriented business model canvas concept with two new canvas layers exploring environmental and social value creation.
Each layer supports a horizontal coherence, or an integrated approach to exploring an organization’s economic, environmental or social impact, by highlighting key actions and relationships within the nine components of each layer. Combined, the three layers provide a vertical coherences through connecting the components of each layer to their analogs in the other layers, further elucidating key actions and connections and their impacts across layers. Integrating the economic, environmental, and social layers supports a more robust and holistic view of an organization’s business model through its actions and relationships, which can support a more systems-level perspective of sustainability-oriented innovation.
Good to know, the TLBMC is offered through creative commons to supports those interested in developing sustainability-oriented changes through business model innovating.
Below is an overview of the 3 layers, with the Nespresso example on the right.
Environmental life cycle layer
Social stakeholder layer
Nespresso economic layer
Nespresso environmental life cycle layer