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.
String can be used to join the outputs from one organisation to the inputs of the next - building dynamic, accurate value chain maps for any product, no matter how complex.
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 is an experienced Technical Director who leads our technology team.
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 also leads project communication work. Hannah joined the team in January 2014.
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? Throughout 2014 we are reviewing the ‘state-of-the-art’, analysing the underlying requirements and elaborating the business cases. We plan to share the output with those who have helped us as well as developing and testing new ideas and techniques in real value-chains and reporting the results. We would love to hear from you.
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Fashion Revolution Day takes place this Thursday, highlighting the challenges of the fashion supply chain, from exploitation to pollution, by encouraging consumers to ask “Who made your clothes?” Historic Futures supports Fashion Revolution Day, and is one of the few organisations that offers a solution to the challenge of value chain mapping. Its world-leading ‘String’ technology makes it possible for companies to know the precise history of the products they sell - all the way from primary production to finished product - and then verify the claims they make.