Sally Uren

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Chief Executive


Sally is Chief Executive at Forum for the Future with overall responsibility for delivering Forum’s mission to create a sustainable future.  This involves working with leading global businesses, including Unilever and Kingfisher, both in one to one partnerships, and also as part of multi-stakeholder collaborations designed to address system-wide challenges, particularly in food and energy.

As well as lead the organisation, Sally oversees a small number of projects. Recent projects have included Consumer Futures, Retail Horizons (a project examining the future for US retail), and she is currently Project Director of a global multi-stakeholder consortium focused on delivering a sustainable tea value chain, Tea 2030

Sally is also involved in a wide range of Forum’s other projects, including the Net Positive Group, a collaboration with WWF and The Climate Group, Cotton 2040, a project designed to understand how to mainstream sustainable cotton, and a ground-breaking project, Scaling Up Impact, addressing practical ways of achieving collective impact at scale.

Sally acts as Chair of Kingfisher plc’s Advisory Council, is a newly appointed member of Kimberly Clark’s Sustainability Advisory Board, as well as an independent advisor on Advisory Boards for several other global businesses. She is also Chair of the Advisory Board overseeing Forum for the Future’s growing operations in the US and an Advisory Board member for Sustainable Brands.

Sally speaks regularly at international and national conferences on topics as diverse as future trends in retail and food, sustainable business models and brands, and scaling up for system change.  She also writes for a range of publications, with recent articles in the New Statesman, Huffington Post and Management Today.  She is also a judge for the Observer Ethical Awards, the Guardian Sustainable Business Awards and the Queens Award for Sustainable Development.

Before joining Forum in 2002, Sally set up the Sustainability Group at private consultancy Casella Stanger (now owned by Bureau Veritas). But the true passion for sustainability began a long time before that; helping clean up the Manchester Ship Canal as part of her first degree, saving heathlands for her PhD, and then encouraging rainforest regeneration in the depths of Borneo – all of which have fuelled a passion for creating a sustainable future.