NewForesight: A strategy consulting firm dedicated to driving change

In a world that is increasingly confronted with tough sustainability challenges, the question is not if you should tackle these issues but how.

NewForesight is a strategy consulting firm dedicated to driving change. We partner with leading clients from the private, public and not-for-profit sectors who want to find structural solutions to some of the most critical sustainability challenges of our generation and turn them into market opportunities.

Tough sustainability challenges are systemic and interlinked, and can only be tackled through partnerships with others. Our mission is to find market-driven and systemic solutions that have an impact and create value. Ultimately, we bring the right people together, challenge established thinking and shape coalitions that lead to structural change. Through our work, we help to drive the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  Our work contributes to all 17 SDG’s, however more specifically our work relates to the following goals:

End poverty in all its forms everywhere (SDG 1)
Despite continuous aims to combat poverty, the number of people living in extreme poverty worldwide remains high and progress remains uneven. For workers in many sectors, an adequate living wage is still far out of reach. We work with companies and organizations that create opportunities, shape market interactions and stimulate inclusive growth.

End hunger, achieve food security, improve nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture (SDG 2)
A growing population puts pressure on global agriculture to produce more food in the next 40 years than in the last 6,000 years combined. At the same time, one-third of the food that is produced on a global scale is wasted by retailers and consumers. We need to transform agro-food sectors, increase efficiency and consider the true costs and benefits of our production schemes.

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns (SDG 12)
Due to ecological overshoot and climate instability, promoting integrated and sustainable management of natural resources and ecosystems in sectors worldwide has become increasingly urgent. At NewForesight, we aim to stimulate resource-efficient production and consumption of goods through new business models and increased collaboration in supply chains.

Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize global partnerships for sustainable development (SDG 17)
Global multi-stakeholder partnerships and collaboration across the supply chain are essential to systemic sustainability. NewForesight is built upon the premise that systemic change requires collaboration, trusted partnerships on knowledge, investments, and data across sectors and stakeholders.

If you would like to know more about the sustainability challenges in our food system, read CEO Lucas Simons’ book Changing the Food Game. For an overview of and solutions to the four brutal facts that characterize our current food systems, read the report “New Horizons for the Transitioning of our Food System”.

The sectors we work in 

At NewForesight we have been collaborating with leaders in the food and agricultural sector for more than 10 years, both up- and downstream. NewForesight has extensive experience in over 15 sectors including: cocoa, palm oil, coffee and flowers. We have worked on challenges such as: developing the green protein market transition, ensuring a living income for cocoa farmers in West-Africa and beyond and strengthening outcome-level impact of standards in sectors including but not limited to cocoa and palm oil. See an overview of our work here. That being said, our work is not limited to specific sectors; we experience that sustainable market transformation requires tackling similar challenges, both at global and regional levels. 

Do you have a challenge to tackle in your sector? Get in touch!

Our thinking: NewForesight’s systemic approach

The sustainability challenges we address are tough and complex. Through years of experience we are able to capture the challenges in models that help us to understand the wider context and develop solutions for our clients. Due to their insights and applicability, these models are now taught at business schools and universities.

Here you can find some of the crucial frameworks we use for driving sustainable transitions:

At NewForesight we go beyond business 

Turning tough sustainability challenges into opportunities for our clients also means that we need to set a credible example ourselves. Therefore, we use our sustainability insights in our own operational management. In everything we do we are mindful of our own imprint on the world around us. We are delighted to be B-Corp certified, taking part in the worldwide movement of enterprises committed to the triple bottom line (people, profit, planet) in business.

Take business travel, for example. Our work requires extensive travel (often by air), so we offset the carbon footprint of all our commuting and business trips by investing in the carbon credits of FairClimateFund.  Their projects promote clean cooking methods for households in developing countries. Our team commutes to work by public transport and bikes whenever possible – after all we do live in the Netherlands.

Our entire office is built out of recycled, sustainable or reused materials. We use certified and recycled paper for our printing. Our website is hosted by Greenhost to off-set any emissions from the servers we use. In addition, our office lunches include organic and certified food products, and our office coffee is sourced from certified organizations.

At NewForesight we strive to make impact in everything we do. We work on a global scale, but also in the Netherlands we seek to add value wherever we can. In 2018, we partnered with New Dutch Connections to provide our internal training program, which we call the NewForesight Academy, to a group of refugees. We are really excited to share our skills and expertise with this next generation of change makers. Often, pictures speak louder than words so check out some pictures of the course here: