The Earth Commission is part of the Global Commons Alliance, a new platform for the environment and the economy, aiming to transform the global economy so that society can prosper on a stable and resilient planet. 

The goal, ultimately, is to translate the scientific guardrails defined by the Earth Commission, into tangible science-based targets for Earth specifically tailored to cities and companies. This translational work will be undertaken by the Science Based Targets Network, comprised of  renowned NGOs. The aim is to make this standard practice in leading companies and cities by 2025.

Earth HQ, the Alliance’s media component, is working to mobilize a broad broad public movement, to accelerate the adoption of science-based targets. 

The fourth component of the Alliance, is the Systems Change Lab, will complement the others and distill lessons learnt to bring about disruptive system-wide change, as well as identifying gaps, and promoting coalitions to push towards systems tipping points.

Hosted and Informed by Leading Science Institutions

Future Earth is hosting the Earth Commission’s scientific secretariat in collaboration with Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, PIK, and International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, IIASA. UN Environment’s International Resource Panel also contributing to the work of the Earth Commission, as observer organisation.  

The work of the Earth Commission is informed by Future Earth’s Global Research Projects and Knowledge Action Networks, particularly through the initiative Science Based Pathways for Sustainability, which is mobilising an extensive network to generate new research at national, regional and global levels.

Future Earth is governed by the International Science Council (ISC), Belmont Forum of funding agencies, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations University (UNU), the World Meteorological Organization, and the Science and Technology in Society (STS) forum.


The Earth Commission has initial funding from a group of investors, including the Global Environment Facility, Porticus, Oak, Mava, and Gordon and Betty Moore Foundations. Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors serves as fiscal sponsor for the  Global Commons Alliance.