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Leading Sustainability Advocate & Co-founder of Forum for the Future

Jonathon Porritt

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Jonathon Porritt is a prominent sustainability advocate and author, and co-founder of Forum for the Future, who has worked with many organizations and received a CBE for his environmental services.

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Jonathon Porritt is a renowned sustainability advocate, writer, and co-founder of the Forum for the Future. He has served in various leadership roles in NGOs and organizations, including Friends of the Earth and WWF-UK. Porritt was awarded a CBE for his services to environmental protection, and his latest book, "Hope in Hell," is a call to action on the climate emergency.

Why you should book Jonathon Porritt for your next event

  • Expertise: Jonathon Porritt is a highly respected and knowledgeable sustainability expert, having served in various leadership positions in the field. He can provide valuable insights and perspectives on sustainable development, climate change, and other related topics.
  • Passion: As a lifelong sustainability advocate, Jonathon Porritt is deeply passionate about promoting a sustainable future. His passion and enthusiasm can inspire and motivate others to take action towards creating a more sustainable world.
  • Experience: Jonathon Porritt has extensive experience working with businesses, governments, and NGOs to accelerate the shift towards sustainability. He can share practical and effective strategies for implementing sustainability practices and driving positive change.

Jonathon Porritt is an eminent writer and campaigner on sustainable development. 

In 1996 he co-founded Forum for the Future, a leading international sustainable development charity, working with business and civil society to accelerate the shift toward a sustainable future. 

Jonathon is President of The Conservation Volunteers, and is actively involved in the work of many other NGOs and organisations. 

He was formerly Co-Chair of the Green Party (1980-83), Director of Friends of the Earth (1984-90), a Trustee of WWF-UK (1991-2005), a member of the Board of the South West Regional Development Agency (1999-2008), and a Trustee of Ashden. He stood down as Chair of the UK Sustainable Development Commission in 2009, after nine years providing high-level advice to Government Ministers. Jonathon served a ten-year term as Chancellor of Keele University (2012-2022), and was a Non-Executive Director of Willmott Dixon until 2022.

In 2017, Jonathon received Ethical Corporation’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the Responsible Business Awards. He was awarded a CBE in January 2000 for services to environmental protection.  

His latest book, Hope in Hell (Simon & Schuster, 2020) is a powerful ‘call to action’ on the Climate Emergency. 

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  • Climate change
  • Corporate sustainability
  • Effective leadership
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Global economy
  • Inclusion
  • Innovation
  • Intergenerational justice
  • Regeneration
  • Sustainability
  • Values-based leadership
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