Forum for the Future


Mission Statement

The climate emergency, poverty, malnutrition, inequality, crashing biodiversity, civil unrest: the world today is facing complex challenges because our fundamental systems are broken.
Tackling these challenges cannot be achieved alone or through incremental change. While some progress has been made, 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’ve been working in partnership with business, governments and civil society to accelerate the shift towards a sustainable future.


Forum addresses three key global challenges: sustainable nutrition, sustainable livelihoods and value chains, and keeping the world within 1.5 degrees net global warming. We do this by building the capacity for systems change and understanding what’s emerging in the world around us.
Our three overarching strategic goals are to:
• deliver progress on complex sustainability challenges within areas of high change potential
• inspire and equip people and organisations 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.

Program Details

Forum has 5 key priorities
1. The climate emergency
2. Sustainable food
3. Sustainable value chains & livelihoods
4. School of System Change
5. Futures
The climate emergency
There is a critical and urgent need to limit global warming to below 2 degrees above pre-industrial levels, with an aspiration of staying below 1.5 degrees. It’s clear that current levels of action to reduce emissions are not enough to create a more sustainable future.
Forum is catalysing major changes that will ultimately help cut atmospheric carbon levels and ensure the transition to a zero carbon economy is just and fair for everyone. 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.
Sustainable food
Food is at the heart of many of the world’s environmental, social and economic challenges, and as it stands, the way we produce and consume food is pushing the planet and its systems to the limit.
By 2030 we aim to have catalysed a new system in which food is produced and consumed in a way that is safe, affordable, nutritious and sustainable to all.
Sustainable value chains & livelihoods
It shouldn’t cost the earth for supply chains to meet our needs, yet we see environmental abuse, poor working conditions, a lack of transparency, inefficient use of resources and unequal distribution of profits in many global supply chains.
By 2030, we want to have 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.
The School of System Change
There is growing interest in systems change globally, but people with the potential to lead and make a significant impact often lack skills, experience and support they need to create significant shifts.
The School of System Change equips aspiring change-makers to shift the systems around them through flexible learning experiences, well-curated tools and case studies from the field of system change.
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, our futures work helps organisations to discover where to act for long-term success within the systems they operate in.
We are leaders in applied futures, known for creating concrete, practical solutions and building the capacity of our partners for long-term thinking.
Systems change for sustainability and futures go hand in hand. We have a global reputation for futures work such as scenario building and, over the last 18 years, have designed and delivered a huge range of futures projects and thought leadership. We are unique in our specialism of applying futures for sustainability - using trends, visions and scenarios to allow us to challenge organisations' assumptions about the world and help map out routes to a sustainable future.

Primary Issue
Climate Change
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