NewForesight turns tough sustainability challenges into shared opportunities
In a world that is increasingly complex and interconnected, we are committed to tackling sustainability challenges in a structural way. We initiate, shape, and drive the transformational strategies required for lasting impact. We do so in dedicated partnerships with our clients.
Our clients are frontrunners in their sector who have chosen to take on a complex sustainability challenge. They know such systemic problems cannot be addressed alone, and look to include other stakeholders and create momentum for change in their sector. To have structural positive impact, we offer our clients tangible and actionable strategies that challenge ourselves and the status quo, and we inspire our clients to do the same.
Tough sustainability challenges
Present-day sustainability challenges are diverse and encompassing. In 2015, the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) issued a call for action for tackling the most pressing global development priorities we face in the world today. With a set of 17 goals focused on People, Planet, Peace, Prosperity and Partnership, the SDGs seek to bring about a more sustainable and inclusive world while protecting the planet. The SDGs are focused on solving tough sustainability challenges that are systemic, interlinked, and can only be tackled through partnerships with others. Through our work, we are helping to drive the realization of the SDGs.
Agriculture and food are at the heart of most of the SDG goals—from tackling poverty and hunger, to taking climate action and bringing about more responsible consumption and production. Because of the sector’s significance and complexity, we mainly work in agriculture.
The agricultural sector faces a number of pressing challenges. By 2050, the world’s population is estimated to grow to 10 billion. To feed everyone, we will have to double our food production, and produce more food in the next 40 years than in the last 6,000 years combined. Meanwhile our food system faces four ‘brutal facts’:
- Poverty: over 75% of all farmers globally are caught in a poverty trap;
- Environmental degradation: using today’s agricultural production methods, the volumes required to feed our growing world population in many ways exceed our planetary boundaries;
- Food waste: 30 to 40% of all produced food is wasted;
- Malnourishment: half of the world’s population is malnourished (hunger, nutrient deficiencies and/or overweight).
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 read the report “New Horizons for the Transitioning of our Food System”.
Creating shared opportunities
Addressing these types of challenges is what NewForesight dedicates itself to. What sets us apart is not just our in-depth knowledge of system dynamics; most importantly, it is our way of working.
Our solutions are always systemic, business-driven and fact-based. We do not address the symptoms; we address the cause of the challenges clients ask us to tackle. We believe in changing market incentives to achieve sector sustainability, and we have done this in a variety of sectors and industries. In doing so, we create opportunities for our clients and their stakeholders.
Developing a new business model for a company to source a certain crop can create opportunities for farmers to generate more income, and can generate carbon credits by enhancing biodiversity. Such combinations are what we look for in our work.
To have systemic impact, we develop and implement sustainable solutions in partnership with key actors from industry and society:
- Financial institutions and companies from different industries who are looking to innovate, invest, and collaborate to advance sustainable business practices and enable producers to improve their income;
- Actors linked to global agri-sectors such as governments, knowledge institutes and NGOs that are seeking to incentivize sustainable behavior.
Do you have a tough sustainability challenge to tackle?
Contact Joost to find out how we can turn this into an opportunity.