After more than 10 years in the field, we’re creating something new. If you’re struggling to find out where your products came from and how they got here, we want to talk to you.
Knowing where products come from and how they got here is important – to consumers, to companies, to regulators, and to the planet.
We make it possible for companies to collect and manage value chain data, from primary production to finished product and to communicate good practice to their customers.
We work with any product, anywhere in the value chain, and don't judge specifications ("organic", "Fair Trade", "GMO" etc.) Our mission is to create a framework to measure value chain performance rather than define what that performance should be.
The lack of accurate and complete information about the history of individual products makes informed sourcing decisions and reliable product claims impossible.
We know that getting that information is hard to do, but it is possible - we’ve done it.
We are currently working on a new solution, researching radically improved mechanisms for increasing the scale and efficiency of value chain mapping. Reducing the cost, expanding the reach and improving the benefits for all.
We believe that value chain maps can unlock real business value. Understanding a product’s history reduces risk and provides an important and powerful opportunity to create sustainable value.
We have a real opportunity here to extend our leadership in forest product certification by introducing innovative yet proven technology to improve integrity, speed and efficiency of the FSC certification scheme
Over the last ten years we have worked with some of the world’s largest brands and retailers to collect accurate data about millions of items from thousands of businesses throughout hundreds of value chains - from finished product back to raw material.
We developed an online solution, called String, that allows organisations throughout the value chain to share selected information related to the products they make with the customers who buy them. Many organisations are using String 2 to manage their data right now.
We're now building String3, taking our learnings and experience of String to build something simpler and more focused on risk management.
Questions like "which country did the raw materials come from that are in my product?" are very difficult to answer - many people in many organisations need to be involved to get reliable answers.
String3 makes it simple - just ask your question to the organisation who supplied your product, and the system will do the rest - moving the question along, getting answers and keeping you informed of progress. Find out how to pre-register for String3.
We are delighted to have achieved formal certification for the ISO 27001 Information Security Management Systems standard. This certification demonstrates our commitment not only to the security and control of our customers’ data, but also our serious commitment to information security and safety of client data to our growing global customer base.
Tim is an expert in value-chain mapping, product integrity and traceability — focused on the strategic and operational opportunities associated with transparent supply-chains and production systems. He has been leading Historic Futures for over 11 years.
Julie is a qualified project manager, responsible for delivering our world leading products that drive integrity and transparency in supply chains. Julie has been working for Historic Futures since 2010.
James has over 15 years of experience leading software teams from billion dollar multinationals to pre-seed start-ups.
James is passionate about lean and agile methodology, Hypermedia APIs, python and cloud computing.
Simon co-founded Historic Futures and has been working on the development of technology to enable improved data flow in value-chains for well over a decade. During that time he has travelled to those parts of the world where things actually get made today, to understand the real-life challenges of delivering technology solutions that fit with how people work.
Hannah is an experienced communications and project manager who works on research and development, finding out what data people need, why and what the solutions should be. Hannah joined the team in January 2014.
Dawn joined Historic Futures in 2015 and has extensive management experience across a variety of technical and business projects in Europe and the USA. She is responsible for the quality of live service delivery, support of core services and driving process improvement.
Huzeyfe is a Senior Software Developer with around 10 years hands-on experience in various industries including Banking, Telecommunications and Finance who is responsible for providing high quality software for the world's leading products. Huzeyfe joined the Historic Futures team in February 2013.
Piotr is responsible for delivering working software. He joined Historic Futures in 2010.
Aidan joined Historic Futures in 2015 after 15 years working with or on open source software for a variety of companies. He enjoys making software with people and seeing how people use it in unexpected ways.
Charlotte joined the team as an intern in 2013 and returned to a full-time position the following year. She is now responsible for product testing and customer support for our project developing the FSC’s Online Claims Platform. She is working with us alongside completing a Masters degree in Sustainable Development and Climate Change at the University of Exeter.
Vanessa joined Historic Futures in June 2014. She has 14 years experience of working in the global fashion and textiles industry, specialising in ethical fashion for the last 9 years. She is responsible for co-ordinating engagement with organisations across the apparel sector.
Gemma is experienced in working with miners, refiners and retailers working with precious metals and minerals. She joined the team in 2014 to support piloting development of historic futures work in this area.
We want to learn more about the challenges and opportunities you face with regards to mapping your value chains - what data you think is actually required, how often and why? We are reviewing the ‘state-of-the-art’, analysing the underlying requirements and elaborating the business cases. We would love to hear from you.
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