Forum for the Future
Forum for the Future is a sustainability non-profit working globally with business, government and others to solve difficult challenges.
Forum for the Future’s mission is to shift the world’s systems so that they’re ready for the future – they call this ‘the Big Shift’. They have a particular focus on the food and energy systems and sustainable business models, and work with a Network of over 100 organisations from business, government and other sectors to achieve this. Partners include pioneers like Unilever, Telefonica O2, Delhaize and Ecover, as well as emerging entrepreneurs around the globe.Forum specialises in change and systems theory, futures work, and developing pioneering business strategy and innovation.
The Forum also runs a Masters course, 'Masters in Leadership for Sustainable Development', which has been running since its inception. It publishes a magazine called Green Futures which highlights news stories and creates debate around positive solutions for sustainability. Forum works globally and has offices in London and New York. It is in the process of opening offices in Singapore and India.
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Forum for the Future has partnerships with more than 100 organisations.
Governance and funding
Forum for the Future is a UK registered charity and a company limited by guarantee. It is run by a senior management team led by Sally Uren and overseen by a board of trustees chaired by Keith Clarke CBE. The Forum’s partners have no influence over its governance. It funds its work from three principle revenue streams: annual fees from its partners and members; fees and grants for its work on projects which advance sustainability; and charitable donations and legacies. In 2012 the Forum’s revenue was £4.8m, of which 68% came from business, 19% from trusts and foundations and 3% from central and local government. 64% of its income was generated in the UK, 13% in Europe, 12% in the US and 9% in Asia.
Recent Forum for the Future projects include:
- Tea 2030: Tea 2030 explores what a sustainable tea sector could look like in the future. The project will use future scenarios to drive collaboration and innovation across the whole tea value chain (from farms to leftover teabags). The Steering Group includes Unilever, Tata Global Beverages, Finlays, Yorkshire Tea and the Ethical Tea Partnership.
- Dairy 2020: What does a sustainable dairy industry look like, and what contribution can it make to a sustainable world? Dairy 2020 is a collaboration between key organisations and people across the UK dairy industry challenged with answering that question. The Steering Group included the National Farmers Union, Asda, Defra, First Milk and Volac.
- Community Energy Coalition: The Community Energy Coalition includes some of the best known and trusted UK organisations creating a dramatically scaled up community energy sector in the UK, including The Co-operative.
- Sustainable Shipping Initiative: The Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI) brings together some of the biggest names in the maritime sector to plan how it can contribute to - and thrive in - a sustainable future.
- Informal City Dialogues: Informal City Dialogues is a global, multi-stakeholder project fostering a conversation about the role of informality in creating inclusion and resilience in future cities. It was launched by the Rockefeller Foundation and is being run by Forum for the Future.
- Horizons/Sustainable Economy Framework: The Sustainable Economy Framework sets out the parameters for a sustainable future economy that can help today’s investments and business decisions deliver sustainable value over the long term. It was developed into a business-focused digital tool called Horizons. Partners are Aviva Investors and the Technology Strategy Board.
- Futurescapes: FutureScapes is a collaborative project which is designed to help organisations think about the future of technology in creating a sustainable world. The project partner is Sony.