Resource Futures releases 2019-20 impact report

28 May 2020

Fresh from reaccreditation as a B Corp in March, Resource Futures has released its first impact report, documenting its contributions to tackling waste and building a more resource efficient, sustainable world.

With an increased impact score of 117.6, up from 104.2 in 2016, Resource Futures has stepped up its performance and broadened its commitment in recognition of the need to help tackle the climate and ecological emergencies.

Areas of focus include tackling plastic pollution and food waste as well as driving the circular economy and shaping resources and waste strategy, all of which are directly connected to driving reduced carbon emissions.

Impact figures are wide reaching and vary from 481,351 litres of paint diverted from landfill through Community RePaint schemes to three plastic products (straws, stirrers and cotton buds) due to be banned following our impact assessment report for Defra.

“We’re delighted to be releasing our first impact report for the financial year 2019-20, the culmination of more than a decade of our commitment to creating a sustainable world, ” said Sam Reeve, CEO at Resource Futures. “We are proud of our contribution as a business and by all of our people working with communities, policy makers, businesses and local authorities to effect sustainable change.”

An employee-owned and living wage employer, Resource Futures is also a CarbonZero company and mission locked to prioritise environmental and social impact.

Resource Futures’ impact in numbers.

Examples of projects delivering impact in 2019/20 include:

  • Providing expert research, modelling and business support to innovative start-ups, SMEs and large retailers and brands.
  • Advising the construction sector to find long-term solutions to reducing their waste and carbon footprint.
  • Working with communities in Devon to run reuse and repair projects, keeping items from toasters to tables out of landfill and in use.
  • Supporting the Liberian government to improve waste management services in one of the poorest nations in the world.
  • Working with the International Solid Waste Association and the University of Leeds to create the ground-breaking Plastics Pollution Calculator which will help local government identify where to take action to reduce ocean plastics.
  • Modelling food flows to assess either key food wastage points or surplus redistribution challenges.
  • Pragmatic support, policy guidance and research for leading retailers as well as UK and international Governments, leading the way in tackling marine litter and plastic pollution
  • Providing trusted evidence around recycling change to inform and guide improved recycling performance

Read the full Resource Futures Impact Report 2019-20