Future 500 Partners with Global Alliance of Sustainability Advisory Groups

Future 500 Partners with Global Alliance of Sustainability Advisory Groups

Transition500 to service 15 markets in Europe, North America and Asia
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 3:45pm

CONTENT: Press Release

May 21, 2014 /3BL Media/ - Leading UK-based sustainability consultancy Robertsbridge recently announced the formation of a strategic alliance with two of the world’s foremost independent advisories and the establishment of its own brand in Australia. The alliance will operate as Transition500, bringing together Robertsbridge, US-based non-profit Future 500, Paris-based pan European consultancy, Transitions, and Robertsbridge ANZ.

The alliance will take on multi market partners with a particular focus on high impact outcomes and sector changing projects. Service offering will include strategy development, reputation and stakeholder management, and business transformation.  Bill Shireman, heads Future 500 in the US effort, Bruno Rebelle, a former deputy director of Greenpeace International, runs Transitions out of Paris, and Nick Rowley heads up Robertsbridge’s Australasian arm. Together with founders Tony Juniper, Charles Secrett, Alison Austin, Matt Prescott, Christopher Broadbent and Peter Ainsworth, Robertsbridge will provide partners access with the best and most challenging global thinking available.

Bill Shireman, President and CEO of Future 500, is proud to be a member of T500’s eclectic global network, stating, “Future 500 helps mobilize power across institutions, to advance the long-term purposes they exist to serve. We specialize in harnessing this expertise to enable corporations and stakeholders to reduce conflict, cultivate relationships of trust and advance collaborative solutions.” 

Brendan May, founder and Chairman of Robertsbridge, said; “Transition500 brings together truly outstanding talent across all 15 markets. Many of the principals and partners are high profile thinkers and commentators in their own right and manage sustainability organizations that align with our own philosophy. We take perhaps an unusually assertive stance with clients, and are extremely protective of the trust that NGOs and other stakeholders have in us, based on our independence of thought and action”.

Tony Juniper, leading environmental campaigner, writer and advisor, added “making the change to a sustainable business model, especially in challenging parts of the world, requires new systems, new values and new ways of working. These take time but above all they take courage – for the business that wants to change, and for the consultancy that is willing to confront often difficult and entrenched thinking. High-level global advice that takes into account the differing approaches to sustainable development in different parts of the world has always been hard to find. It has taken time to find the right partners but in T500 we have found the right mix of muscular strategic thinking, specialist knowledge and market reach.”


Future 500 is based in San Francisco, with offices in Portland, Washington DC, Beijing and Tokyo; Transitions is based in Paris and operates in France, Belgium, Germany, Spain, and Italy.

Over time, the Transition500 alliance will develop similar strategic alliances with other like-minded advisory groups around the world.

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