Horizons is based on the Sustainable Economy Framework (SEF), which was developed by Forum for the Future, Innovate UK and Aviva Investors. Horizons defines what we mean by a sustainable economy – one that operates within safe environmental limits and delivers social value. You can see an image of the framework by clicking on the diagram on the left to enlarge.
The outer ring of Horizons shows the environmental boundaries that keep our planet in good health, the middle ring shows the social and political foundations that enable our societies to flourish, and the essential needs for us human beings to survive and thrive are on the inner ring.
By understanding these issues and the trends associated with them, you can start to prepare your business or organisation better for the future.
Horizons takes each of the issues and presents them as ‘cards’. On each you’ll find an overview of the issue, an explanation of why it’s important, and suggestions for ways in which you can take account of the risks and opportunities. We help guide you by suggesting actions that you or your organisation must, should or could take.
With each card you’ll find key facts and links to external resources; from videos to reports. And you’ll find plenty of case studies showing what a wide range of businesses and organisations across many sectors are doing to tackle these issues. Companies like Caterpillar, Unilever, Pepsico, M&S and Pret a Manger are profiled, showing how they’re responding to these issues.
This knowledge will help shape a successful long-term strategy, inform commercial decisions, and stimulate new innovations.
We have used Horizons in workshops with a number of organisations, to test strategies, formulate work plans and identify challenges or opportunities. You can read case studies of workshops with Julie's Bicycle and Peterborough Environment City Trust.