Mission, Vision, History
Through genuine stakeholder engagement, Future 500 aligns the power of the private sector with the purpose of its most critical stakeholders.
We envision a world that realizes sustainable economic growth by addressing social and environmental externalities with market-based solutions. We unite the corporate and NGO sector to break through gridlock, encourage thoughtful solutions, and achieve broad systemic change.
Examples from our History
Future 500 is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that began in 1995 in Aspen, Colorado. Over the years, we have established our main office in San Francisco with affiliate offices in Portland, Washington D.C., Beijing and Tokyo. We are supported by an extensive network of correspondents, advisers, and senior fellows worldwide.
Since our inception, Future 500 has fostered the capacity for corporations and NGOs to engage one another in unique and meaningful ways. Here are just a few of our successes to date:
California’s Bottle Bill
We built a corporate-NGO coalition that crafted California’s innovative “Bottle Bill” – arguably the most cost-effective in the world – using economic incentives to drive the recycling of more than 100 billion beverage containers and a host of packaging materials and products.
Sustainability Procurement Standards for Timber
We forged a partnership between Mitsubishi companies and Rainforest Action Network, developing simple, practical procurement specifications, now adopted by over 400 companies, to save over four million acres of Old Growth forest.
Since 2009, we have been building support for a price on carbon. Through our engagement with industry, NGOs, SRIs, climatologists and policy makers we have crafted two core policy principles. We believe that they encompass the necessary ingredients to garner bipartisan support. We currently have over 200 signatories, including James Hansen and Lester Brown to name a few.
Extended Producer Responsibility
From 2011-2012, Future 500 led a four part multi-stakeholder “Dialogue” series to address what Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) policy might mean for the United States. As a result of these discussions, new momentum was injected into the waste issue, leading to efforts across the country around voluntary and regulatory approaches from industry and recycling advocates alike.
In all our work, we strive to adhere to the following values and practices:
Integrity: To act in the interests of the whole – our partners, stakeholders, and society at large
Respect: To behave as equals in all relationships – with partners and stakeholders.
Expertise: To be the pre-eminent experts in stakeholder engagement on controversial, complex issues.
Feedback: To share mutual feedback with our partners and stakeholders, even if disagreeable.
Self-improvement: To constantly seek to improve our skills and systems.
Reliability: To under-promise and over-deliver, meeting our commitments on-time and within organizational budget
Value: To deliver more in value than our partners and stakeholders provide in support
Adaptability: To change course instantly, as needed to better serve our mission and the social need.
Embedment: To transfer our skills and systems to our partners and stakeholders, so that they can do our work without us.
- Systemic: To seek to solve problems and meet needs at their root.
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