An Office for Future Generations is an independent institution designed to promote long-term interests in the political process. A small number of examples exist in countries such as Hungary – and very soon Wales. This Report supports the development of such Offices, but stresses the importance of considering their democratic characteristics. Despite concerns to the...
This paper reviews the literature on the drivers of voluntary social and environmental standards-setting, their relationship with the multilateral trading system, the link with national public authorities, as well as suggesting implications for the roles of public sector actors in corporate social responsibility.
Halina Ward built on The Mandate of a UN High Commissioner for Future Generations to further outline powers and responsibilities, building on commitments that UN member states have already made; how the role might evolve over time; and where it could be sited.
Published by FDSD and the World Future Council, this paper was written to help UN member states and international organisations prepare for “Rio+20”, the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development, suggesting specific powers and responsibilities.
These five reports explore How might democracy and participatory decision-making have evolved to cope with the challenges of climate change by the years 2050 and 2100?, resulting in four scenarios and their implications.
More than 2/3rds of British people believed in this 2011 IPSOS-MORI poll that the UK Government considers future generations too little in its decisions. Nearly half of those interviewed (45%) think passing on a healthy planet is more important than a thriving economy (9%), safety and security (16%), or an unspoilt countryside (4%).
This report suggests ten governance options for the UK to embed a more future-oriented approach in UK politics, including an Office for Future Generations to an annual Congress of the Future and a new parliamentary chamber.
Halina Ward takes a critical look at ISO 26000, an international standard that aims to encourage organisations to be socially-responsible. She assesses the standard against democracy and sustainable development, making recommendations so that it could better enhance global governance and sustainable development.