Fit for the Future Network

Fit for the Future

Our sustainability network, created in collaboration with Ashden in 2013, has brought together more than 80 of the UK’s largest charities and land owning organisations to tackle the impacts of climate change and rising energy costs.

Fit for the Future links up hundreds of people who are tasked with making their organisation more sustainable. In the spirit of sharing and collaboration, members swap information about their organisation’s sustainability projects, and work together to find the best solutions to environmental challenges. Thanks to the Network, dozens of organisations from the not-for-profit sector and beyond are becoming climate-friendly, adaptive and resilient. 

Our former Director General, Dame Helen Ghosh, said: 'Fit for the Future has grown into a really powerful movement for effective action on climate change thanks to the hard work of the practitioners from all organisations involved. The National Trust and Ashden set up the network because we believe that collaboration is one of the best tools we have to mitigate its threat.'

Our achievements so far

Since we launched Fit for the Future, some of the UK’s top charities and land-owners have joined including RNLI, The Crown Estate, Oxfam GB, the Royal Household, Tate, and Cancer Research UK. In 2016, Fit for the Future helped its member save an estimated £1.2million and generate 32.1GWH of renewable energy, enough to power 8,834 homes for a year. More achievements like this are celebrated in the Network’s latest impact report.

Becoming more sustainable makes a big difference to the organisations involved. The National Trust saved enough money on oil bills in 2016 to pay for the treatment of 42 sculptures, whilst Oxfam’s transport mileage savings could pay for safe, clean water for quarter of a million people. 

Fit for the Future has ambitious plans for the coming years as it endeavours to help members tackle wider climate change issues, and get even more organisations from the not-for-profit sector on board. To find out more about Fit for the Future and how you can get involved, visit the website:


What members think

Here’s what some of the Fit for the Future members have to say about the benefits of being involved.

Fit for the Future's latest impact report 

Achievements are celebrated in the Fit for the Future Network’s latest progress report.