BT is currently working with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in the following areas:
The concept of the circular economy tallies completely with our thinking at BT about the importance of providing goods and services sustainably. As a company, we feel intimately involved with these ideas, because digital technology will play a crucial role in providing the information needed to create iterative logistics and restorative systems.
- Gavin Patterson, Chief Executive BT Retail
BT is involved with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation at many different levels – from a shared vision of inspiring young people to re-think the future through to tangible business development projects. We are delighted to support this latest report which underlines the relevance of the circular economy to business.
- Niall Dunne, Chief Sustainability Officer
Cisco’s collaboration with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation has triggered them to investigate how the circular economy can work as an innovation focus across the business and to encourage all their designers to think differently.
Pioneering work carried out by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation presents an opportunity to fundamentally rethink how we run our business and challenge all aspects of traditional operating models, from how we use natural resources to the way we design and manufacture products, through to how we educate and train the next generation.
- Chris Dedicoat, President, EMEA
Working closely with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation has greatly catalysed our thinking around the valorisation of end-of-life Cisco products. Overall, the collaboration has been thrilling, fast paced, creative and extremely worthwhile.
- Neil Harris, Head of Sustainable Business, EMEA
BT and Cisco are proud to support the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, a charity that works within business and education to inspire a generation to re-think, re-design and build a positive future.
The Foundation works to provide a coherent framework for transition to a restorative economy. It shares widespread concern that the end of the era of cheap fossil fuels and key materials & resources, coupled with rising population, demonstrates the need for rethinking our model of production and consumption.
The Foundation’s core focus is in equipping young people aged 11-19 years and within Higher Education institutions with the necessary skills and perspective to realise the opportunities of re-thinking their future. The Foundation’s educational work takes place both within formal curriculum development and new media.
The Foundation is supported by a number of leading businesses including BT, Cisco, B&Q, Renault and National Grid.
BT and Cisco are committed in supporting the transition to a circular economy, helping showcase examples of innovation in this area, as well as developing and extending the skills of employees through a volunteering & engagement programme.
We have seen first hand through the BT Re-Design Internships how key it is for young people to see the relevance of learning and skills in the real world. BT has continued to show a commitment towards sustainable business and plays a crucial role in developing our future communications infrastructure. Through the partnership we want young people to realise why this is important and be inspired to use their creativity and innovation to re-think their future.
Cisco have played a key role in the establishment of the Foundation – from their support in the ReDesign workshops and internships to their commitment to developing a new design philosophy around the circular economy model. Bringing real world relevance to our core education work is a crucial part of the Foundation’s work.
The videos above shows one of the projects that BT and Cisco have supported in partnership with the Foundation. Project ReDesign is a series of workshops and internships run across the UK looking at the opportunities of systems level re-designing around the circular economy framework for 17-18 year olds. The programme was actively supported by volunteers in the form of ‘Experts from Industry’ – providing real-world, sector specific skills to the challenge.
The first macroeconomic report series into the size of the prize for business in the transition to a circular economy
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