Today the world is facing a multiple onslaught: The Covid crisis. A frightening future of climate chaos and extinction of species. The evils of poverty, racism, gender bias and disability to name but a few.
Fortunately, companies are well placed to make a huge positive impact on our lives, our communities and our natural world. We want to reward them for the positive impacts they make– and encourage other businesses to step up too.
Future Friendly envisions a partnership between concerned citizens, voluntary organisations and businesses to create vibrant communities, beautiful environments, and resilient local economies.
Future Friendly is a new tool – a platform for the public and businesses to engage in working for better towns, cities and villages.
But more than that, we can help tackle global social and environmental challenges by influencing how our local businesses trade or take care of natural resources.
We believe, in your hands, Future Friendly can be a game-changer.
Future Friendly began as a concept which won the international OpenSeventeen Challenge to devise a way to ensure the 17 UN Global Goals (SGDs) would be met. It was developed with the support of a number of international organisations, and is now funded by private donations and a lot of voluntary work.
Future Friendly is a social startup incubated by the charity Innovira. After the pilot, it will be a Community Interest Company (CIC) – giving 100% of its profits to charity.
In our funding model the smallest companies will get the core service free with larger businesses subscribing from as little as £9 pm.
Under the hood of Future Friendly is a sustainability reporting platform. Businesses get a dashboard to enable them to plan and log their actions in a step-by-step approach.
Many of the UK’s 5.7 million medium and small companies struggle to record and report on their non-financial impacts, and other sustainability platforms require professionals to administer them – or involve high fees. So we are harnessing the power of the crowd to help more companies to begin the journey with an easy platform for them to track their achievements and shout about them.
We’re partnering with charities and their volunteers to gather information about the good that businesses are doing. Businesses can complete more details themselves.
Future friendly gives 100% of its profits to charity. We want to work in partnership with charities or local voluntary organisations who believe they can achieve their mission by working with businesses. We want to help those charities to achieve their goals, and benefit from any profits generated.
If you are involved with a charity and wish to help with our awards scheme, please get a manager to contact us.
Future Friendly intends to provide a white-label platform for charities, local councils and local voluntary organisations to have their own app.
We’re keen to work together with organisations and companies who share our passions. If you’re one of them we’d love to hear from you.
Professional standards/ certification bodies
Future Friendly wants to include your certifications and memberships as part of our awards. If you wish to work together or advise us, we want to hear from you. Moreover we can help you find potential new members or verify that your existing members are meeting your standards and displaying up-to-date certificates.
CSR sector suppliers and consultants
If you want to enhance your services by working with us or want to put your details in front of these potential member companies, we can help.
Future Friendly is a project of the charity Innovira, in partnership with Enjoy Development, with the help of many volunteering their time. Here are just a few of the people involved.
Future Friendly is a project of the charity: Innovira, Waterhouse, Waterhouse Lane, Monkton Combe, Bath, BA2 7JB | Registered Charity Number: 1182370