Jonathon Porritt – Writer, Broadcaster and Commentator on Sustainable Development

Jonathon Poritt

Jonathon Porritt, Co-Founder of Forum for the Future, is an eminent writer, broadcaster and commentator on sustainable development.  Established in 1996, Forum for the Future is now the UK’s leading sustainable development charity, with 70 staff and over 100 partner organisations, including some of the world’s leading companies.


In addition, he is Co-Director of The Prince of Wales’s Business and Sustainability Programme which runs Seminars for senior executives around the world.  He is a Non-Executive Director of Wessex Water, and of Willmott Dixon Holdings.  He is a Trustee of the Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy, and is involved in the work of many NGOs and charities as Patron, Chair or Special Adviser.


“Even as the state of the world continues to deteriorate, the innovation pipeline bringing forward solutions to all the sustainability challenges we face bulges as never before. So we are in a race: get those innovations to market as fast and furiously as possible, or miss out forever on this precious window of opportunity. The International Green Awards seeks to respond to the full extent of that civilizational challenge, and is intent on making as big a difference as possible – celebrating the achievements of today’s green entrepreneurs and wealth creators.”



He was formerly Director of Friends of the Earth (1984-90); co-chair of the Green Party (1980-83) of which he is still a member; chairman of UNED-UK (1993-96); chairman of Sustainability South West, the South West Round Table for Sustainable Development (1999-2001); a Trustee of WWF UK (1991-2005), a member of the Board of the South West Regional Development Agency (1999-2008).


He stood down as Chairman of the UK Sustainable Development Commission in July 2009 after nine years providing high-level advice to Government Ministers.


Jonathon was installed as the Chancellor of Keele University in February 2012.


His latest books are Capitalism As If The World Matters (Earthscan, revised 2007), Globalism & Regionalism (Black Dog 2008) and Living Within Our Means (Forum for the Future 2009).


Jonathon received a CBE in January 2000 for services to environmental protection.


Jonathon Porritt is Founder Director of Forum for the Future