Erik Wohlgemuth – COO, The Future 500

Erik manages Future 500′s North American operations and corporate-NGO engagements across the organization’s core programs of Energy and Climate, Water and its intersection with Agriculture and Energy, Materials Stewardship, and Technology & Empowerment.

Erik has focused his career on finding common ground between corporations and NGOs. He has worked with a broad range of industries – chemical, energy, consumer products, automotive, high-tech, clean tech, biomaterials – and numerous NGOs focusing on a range of social and environmental issues. He is adept at seeing and cultivating opportunities to connect organizations and bring people together to advance innovative approaches toward solving complex sustainability challenges.

Erik earned a MBA from Yale School of Management with a concentration in Competitive Strategies and Master’s degree in Environmental Management from Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, with a concentration in Industrial Environmental Management. He also received a B.A. in history from Yale College, focusing on development of the American West.

Erik sits on the Agenda Committee for the SRI Conference and is active in alumni affairs for the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.  During his free moments, Erik spends time with his wife and three daughters, travels, plays competitive squash, cooks, and recreates outside whenever possible.


“As we collectively strive to preserve nature for sustainable use by all creatures inhabiting the planet, we must encourage innovative, systemic thinkers to bring forth solutions that appeal across geographies, ideologies, and nationalities. The International Green Awards™ is doing just that and I am honored to support them.”


About Future 500


Future 500 is a 501c3 non-profit organization with a mission to build bridges between the world’s top companies and its most impassioned sustainability advocates.  We believe the most effective way to balance economic, social, and environmental objectives is by bringing together corporations with critical stakeholders in sustainability.

We live in a world where government is increasingly incapable of advancing systemic solutions to society’s urgent problems. By combining the forces of corporations, with their innovative thinking and financial power, and NGOs, with their long-term thinking and subject matter expertise, we have the best chance to effectuate the solutions we all wish to see.

We specialize in stakeholder engagement and are highly adept at cultivating and humanizing relationships between corporations and NGOs to:

●      Prevent conflict
●      Transform fruitless ideological battles
●      Discover and build common ground
●      Advance real, win-win solutions
●      Break the cycle of demonization