Forum for the Future Us Inc

Reinventing the way the world works

aka We are a leading international non-profit working with business, government and civil society to solve complex sustainability challenges.   |   BROOKLYN, NY   |  forumforthefuture.org

Mission

Forum for the Future is a leading international sustainability non-profit. For over 20 years we’ve been working in partnership with business, governments and civil society to accelerate the shift toward a sustainable future. Climate change, poverty, malnutrition, civil unrest: the world today is facing complex challenges because our fundamental systems are broken. We specialise in addressing critical global challenges by catalysing change in key systems, from food to apparel, energy to shipping. We do this by convening transformational collaborations to drive change, by partnering with organisations to help them lead by example, and by building a global community of pioneers and change makers Together we can reinvent the way the world works.

Ruling year info

2015

CEO

Sally Uren

Main address

81 PROSPECT ST

BROOKLYN, NY 11201 USA

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EIN

47-4667055

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Management & Technical Assistance (W02)

Management & Technical Assistance (S02)

Single Organization Support (C11)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Poverty, malnutrition, inequality, crashing biodiversity, civil unrest: the world today is facing complex challenges because our fundamental systems are broken. Climate change has emerged as the defining issue of our times, with climate breakdown and ecological crisis already underway. Tackling such intricate, complex and significant challenges cannot be achieved by anyone party alone or by isolated and incremental changes that, collectively, do not add up. While some progress has been made, people lack the capacity and/or incentives to respond, and many of the solutions that are being delivered lack the scale and pace required. That is why Forum for the Future’s mission is to address critical global challenges by catalysing change in key systems – from food to apparel, energy to shipping. For over 20 years, we have been working in partnership with business, governments and civil society to accelerate the shift towards a sustainable future.

Our programs

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Transformational strategies

Pioneering organisations create systemic impacts beyond their own boundaries. We help them understand the opportunities, and how to unlock them.
The SDGs and Paris Climate Agreement have set in stone what Forum has always believed: that organisations don’t only need to transform themselves, they also need to take the lead in transforming entire systems. In fact, the global scale of some organisations’ operations makes them especially well-placed to drive progress on issues like sustainable nutrition, renewable energy and resource scarcity. Where they lead, others follow.

Our long-term collaborations with major multinationals including Unilever, O2, TUI Travel, Kingfisher and M&S; NGOs such as the Rainforest Alliance and Forest Stewardship Council; and government agencies such as Innovate UK therefore gives us a unique opportunity to create system-level change.

We're able to inform senior level strategy and scale-up the organisation’s impact on issues like product innovation, creating consumer demand, reshaping markets and driving policy advocacy, which ultimately leads to change across entire sectors and systems.

We support the development and delivery of sustainability strategies.
Since 2007 we have been a ‘critical friend’ on M&S’s Plan A strategy and implementation, reinforcing its global reputation as a sustainability leader.

We devise strategies to help organisations tackle systemic challenges
We helped Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation strengthen the effectiveness of its oceans work, bringing together its key NGO partners in a unique collaboration.

We reinvent carbon strategies for a 1.5°C world and develop Net Positive approaches
Unilever’s pioneering commitment to eliminate fossil fuels from its operations and directly support the generation of more renewable energy than they consume was driven behind the scenes by Forum.

We help partners deliver their strategies in the long term
We act as an implementation sounding board and troubleshooter for companies such as Aditya Birla and Swire Pacific Offshore and China Navigation Company.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our three overarching strategic goals are to:
• deliver progress on complex sustainability challenges within areas of high change
potential;
• inspire and equip people and organizations to deliver systemic change for sustainability;
• contribute to demonstrable progress in shaping a sustainable future.

From offices in London, New York, Singapore and Mumbai, we are delivering these goals by:
• convening transformational multi-stakeholder collaborations to drive change;
• partnering with organisations to help them develop their systems-changing strategies and
lead by example;
• building a global community of pioneers and change-makers.

SYSTEMS CHANGE FUTURES:
Many of our fundamental systems are no longer fit for purpose. We are seeing global challenges
which necessitate new approaches on a scale and complexity level previously unheard of. This is
where systems change practice comes in. Unless we can understand the bigger picture, the
challenges in our systems and the root causes of these challenges, we will only end up mitigating problems or providing superficial solutions. Forum has proven expertise and innovation in practical systems change. We successfully use systems approaches to understand the web of interrelations that create complex problems, anticipate unintended consequences, and identify how and where to take action. Systems change practice teaches us all to see how individuals, places, businesses, actions, and innovations are interconnected. It is our way to respond to a complex, changing world – and the only way we will deliver truly transformational change.

FUTURES:
Given the uncertainty of the societal and economic response to some of the key trends
impacting our world right now, it is not wise or even possible to predict the future. However, we
can shape the future, and the best way to start is by imagining the future we want to see.
We use futures to help organisations and collaborations grapple with uncertainty and change. By revealing the complex interplay of dynamic trends around us, and identifying risks, opportunities and powerful innovations, ourfutures work helps organisations to discover
where to act for long-term success within the systems they operate in.
We are leaders in applied futures for sustainability, known for using trends, visions and scenarios to create concrete, practical solutions and build the capacity of our partners
for long-term thinking.

Systems change and futures go hand in hand. We have a global reputation for futures work
and, over the last 20 years, have designed and delivered a huge range of futures projects and
thought leadership. To do this, we use a range of different futures tools and methodologies,
from horizon-scanning and frameworks such as the Multi-Level Perspective and Three Horizons
to a variety of scenario-building and visioning techniques. Our work is qualitative, grounded
in thorough research, and enables key decision-makers to think very differently about their
responses to current challenges. Our unique application of futures for
sustainability enables us to challenge an organisation’s assumptions about the world and
help map out routes to a sustainable future.

- 90 Transformational strategies created with organisations
- 42 Collaborations created to address global challenges
- 23 Years of accelerating the shift to a sustainable future

The world is already 1o C warmer than pre-industrial levels due to man-made
greenhouse gas emissions. As a result, extreme weather events are becoming
increasingly commonplace, reliable rains are failing and sea levels are rising – and this
is just the beginning. It’s clear that current levels of action to reduce emissions are
nowhere near sufficient if we are to create a more sustainable future.Our vision is the achievement of the UN Paris Agreement’s ambition to limit temperature increase to 1.5o C above pre-industrial levels this century – enabled by businesses, governments, civil society and individuals taking urgent and transformative action. By 2030, we want to make a significant contribution towards catalysing a rapid and just transition to a carbon positive economy – one
that takes more carbon out of the atmosphere than it adds. This will mean the
rapid decarbonisation of critical systems such as mobility, power and the built
environment, along with the recarbonisation of soils and ecosystems.


By 2030, we want to have also played a key role in transforming the value
chains of key land-based commodities to be net positive (putting
back more than they take out) through sustainable and regenerative
agriculture, decent livelihoods and fair, transparent business models.

Financials

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Forum for the Future Us Inc

Board of directors
as of 07/25/2019
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Board chair

Keith Clark CBE

Tidal Lagoon Swansea Power

Term: 2012 -

Jonathon Porritt CBE Porritt CBE

Co-Founder of Forum for the Future

Andrew Winston

Anita Tiessen

Youth Business International

Charlotte Ersbøll

United Nations Global Compact

Fiona Thompson

Heather Grady

Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors

Jonny Wates

Wates Group

Kelvyn Derrick OBE

Laura Mcgonigal

Ecover and Method

Noa Gafni

Trust Collab

Volker Beckers