Forum for the Future

Since 1996, we`ve been helping organisations across the globe find ways to create a sustainable future.

Company details

19-23 Ironmonger Row , London , EC1V 3QN United Kingdom

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Business Type:
Nonprofit organization (NPO)
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Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)
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Key systems must change

Since 1996, we've been helping organisations across the globe find ways to create a sustainable future

To create a sustainable future, we believe it's critical to reimagine and transform the key systems we all use and rely on, and innovate for long-term success.

We transform these systems
Our focus is changing the food and energy systems, which are vital in delivering a sustainable future. We also work in other sectors such as shipping, finance and digital technology.

We power a global network
With a network of more than 130 organisations worldwide, we provide a unique opportunity to learn and work together to create pioneering practices and innovations through specialist discussion and collaboration.

We confront global challenges
We create the powerful coalitions and collaborations needed to resolve the complex problems that get in the way of creating a sustainable future.

We are experienced
Our track record spans nearly two decades. We have worked in partnership with pioneering companies such as Unilever, Pepsico, Telefonica O2, Skanska and Akzo Nobel, collaborating with businesses, both large and small.

Forum for the Future was founded in 1996 by three leading figures of the UK environment movement with a mission to accelerate change to a sustainable future.

To achieve their shared vision, founders Paul Ekins, Sara Parkin and Jonathon Porritt wanted Forum to centre its work on finding practical ways for public and private organisations to contribute to sustainable development. This positive, collaborative and innovative spirit has shaped Forum's work ever since.

Today, the non-profit is led by chief executive Sally Uren, who took over in 2013, and employs 80 people in three continents. Sara Parkin and Jonathon Porritt remain closely involved as Founder Directors, while Paul Ekins has returned to academia.

Throughout our history we've worked on collaborative projects with different sectors including local authorities and universities. We act as a critical friend to some of the world's biggest and best-known multinationals, such as O2, Unilever and Pepsico, and often partner with NGOs, governments and new enterprises.

We've led thinking and pioneered practice in sustainable development, including launching the London Sustainability Exchange and initiating the multi-award winning Farming Futures project. Bringing together people and organisations around difficult issues such as community energy, shipping and new business models has led to powerful local and international coalitions working together to solve complex sustainability challenges.

From the outset we wanted to share the outcome of our work and grow the capacity of others to work alongside us, which is why in 1996 we also founded our magazine Green Futures and a Masters course in Leadership for Sustainable Development.

Green Futures is as popular with the broader public as it is with our partners and collaborators. Along with our publications, seminars and website, we not only share our learning but also lead the debate on sustainability solutions by publicising new ideas and good practice wherever we find it.

On our Masters course, students combine taught courses and five months of work placements with a pioneering learning model based on our reflective practice and experience. It continues to be a leading example of applied sustainability education.

Since our inception, the international side of our work has grown steadily as we deal with global issues and many of our partners operate in a number of different countries. We opened our New York office in 2011, and since then we've established a presence in Singapore and India.

This geographic expansion makes it easier for us to work globally to transform some of the critical systems on which we depend completely, such as those that provide us with food and energy, and make them fit for the challenges of the 21st century.