Sally Uren

Chief Executive
Forum for the Future

Sally oversees Forum’s mission to accelerate a big shift towards a sustainable future by catalysing transformational change in global systems.

This involves working with global organisations, to address complex challenges in systems such as food, energy, apparel and shipping. Sally is directly involved in a number of projects at Forum including Cotton 2040, a collaboration to accelerate the mainstreaming of sustainable cotton. As well as regularly speaking at conferences and writing for publications, Sally is also an independent advisor on Advisory Boards for several global businesses.

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No More Band-Aids: We Need a Radical New Plan, Report Warns
No More Band-Aids: We Need a Radical New Plan, Report Warns

Walking the Talk / Rising nationalism and global migration among seven trends impacting future of sustainability, according to a new report from Forum for the Future. - 3 weeks ago

How a Practical Guide to Sourcing Sustainable Cotton Could Help Transform the Industry
How a Practical Guide to Sourcing Sustainable Cotton Could Help Transform the Industry

Supply Chain / ‘I would like to source more sustainable cotton, but I’m not quite sure where to start. There seems to be an awful lot of standards out there, and I’m not quite sure what the differences are between them.’ ‘I’d like to increase the volumes of sustainable cotton I buy, but I’m worried about sourcing different types of sustainable cotton — does a portfolio approach work?’ ‘I want to source sustainable cotton. I just want this to be easy. I wonder how other brands are doing it.’ These are real challenges, from real people working for real brands and retailers, big and small, across the world. - 8 months ago

Why My OBE Shows That the Greatest Sustainability Challenges Lie Ahead, Not Behind Us
Why My OBE Shows That the Greatest Sustainability Challenges Lie Ahead, Not Behind Us

Leadership / On Thursday, June 14th, I will be with my closest family at Buckingham Palace, proudly receiving my OBE. For those outside the UK, this may not mean much (unless you’ve been watching “The Crown”), but the award is a public recognition of doing something useful — in my case, for services to sustainability. - 9 months ago

Growing the Next Generation of Change Agents to Tackle Today’s ‘Wicked’ Problems
Growing the Next Generation of Change Agents to Tackle Today’s ‘Wicked’ Problems

Leadership / The world is complex and interconnected. When we pull one lever in a system, it ripples throughout. Pull the right levers and you can solve some of the most complex problems, pull the wrong one and it can be disastrous. This is why it is critical to take a systems approach when solving complex, or what Sally Uren, CEO at Forum of the Future, calls “wicked” problems. - 9 months ago

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SB'17 Copenhagen, Day 2: Circularity, Impact Valuation and Other Ways to Put a ‘Positive’ Spin on Business
SB'17 Copenhagen, Day 2: Circularity, Impact Valuation and Other Ways to Put a ‘Positive’ Spin on Business

The Next Economy / How a T-Shirt Is Driving a Circular Economy by Melanie Vella In this main stage session, Forum for the Future CEO Sally Uren returned to interview Jeffrey Hogue, Chief Sustainability Officer at C&A, to delve into the organic fibre that made up Sally’s t-shirt, quite literally. - 1 year ago

What Might the Workplace Look Like by 2036?
What Might the Workplace Look Like by 2036?

Organizational Change / Automation, artificial intelligence, the growth of the informal economy and shifts away from command-and-control power cultures are all trends that are profoundly shaping the workplace. But what will the future workplace look like? Of course, the honest answer is that we don’t really know. - 1 year ago

Driving Behavior Change: From Pioneering Practice to Tipping Point and Beyond
Driving Behavior Change: From Pioneering Practice to Tipping Point and Beyond

Behavior Change / If you’re reading this then it’s safe to assume you are familiar with the global ecological and societal debt that currently accompanies the more familiar economic one. So, no need to remind you that planet Earth will probably make its way through this crisis — it just isn’t clear that we will. - 5 years ago

How Might We Re:Imagine Consumption? Conditions for Success and a Call for Collaboration
How Might We Re:Imagine Consumption? Conditions for Success and a Call for Collaboration

Behavior Change / Consumption (noun); the action of using a resource. We know consumption is a primary driver of the inherent unsustainability of modern living. For those yet to be convinced that our way of life is not sustainable (adjective — able to be maintained at a certain level), reflect on the fact that last Friday, May 10th, levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere peaked at 400 ppm. Also reflect on the fact that the desire for a $1 T-shirt has driven the most appalling standards in many apparel supply chains and the recent deaths of over 1000 garment workers in Bangladesh. - 5 years ago

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