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Jonathon Porritt - Biography

Jonathon Porritt is Founder Director of Forum for the Future. Jonathon Porritt

Established in 1996, Forum for the Future is now the UK’s leading sustainable development charity, with 70 staff and more than 100 partner organisations, including some of the world’s leading companies.

Jonathon has also been a member of the Board of the South West Regional Development Agency since December 1999, and is Co-Director of The Prince of Wales's Business and Environment Programme which runs Senior Executives' Seminars in Cambridge, Salzburg, South Africa and the USA. In 2005 he became a Non-Executive Director of Wessex Water, and a Trustee of the Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy. 

In addition, Jonathon has served as Chairman of the UK Sustainable Development Commission, the Government's principal source of independent advice across the whole sustainable development agenda. 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).  

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.