Enquiries and FAQ

If you are considering applying for Circular Economy 100 membership, please contact us using the links below. Before you do, we have put together some things to consider and a set of FAQs you may find useful.

CE100 applicants should ideally be able to define a circular economy project or be able to set objectives in the area of:

  • Innovative business models
  • Product design
  • Materials selection and innovation
  • Building capacity in the reverse cycle
  • Enabling renewable energy systems
  • Any other project which clearly furthers the acceleration towards a circular economy.

This strategy, set of objectives, or project would ideally demonstrate an executive sponsor, a commitment to making this happen and an appropriate level of resource allocation.


Our Corporate members are typically global leaders within their field. Once we have received your details we will contact you to discuss your application.

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Emerging Innovators

Emerging Innovators are typically new businesses with a turnover of less than $20 million and are believed to hold the key to unlocking innovation barriers to circular progress by bringing either new technologies, processes, service or business models into the group. If you think your business could be considered as an Emerging Innovator please apply and we will contact you, if your application is successful.

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Governments & Cities

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To enquire about membership, please contact:
Ashima Sukhdev, Government & Cities Programme Lead

Pioneer Universities

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To enquire about membership, please contact:
Jules Hayward, Education Lead

Why should my business be involved?

From the boardrooms of multinational business through to students and politicians the idea of a circular economy is rapidly capturing the attention of people as a coherent, conceptual framework for a regenerative, industrial economy. The Foundation’s reports, with analysis by McKinsey & Company, have continuously outlined the economic opportunity of this transition.

Research and insights are crucial for understanding the opportunities that the circular economy provides. This is a fundamental aspect continuously developed and shared in a central library.

Capacity building in your organisation is important for scaling up the circular economy. The programme contains key activities to support organisations to raise internal awareness and increase knowledge across the organisation.

Unique networking opportunities are provided throughout the programme, such as the Annual Summit which brings together executives of all members. In addition, a central Member Directory also supports networking opportunities.

Collaboration with a unique selection of leading organisations across business, governments and cities, universities, and emerging innovators through Acceleration Workshops and industry relevant collaborative projects.

Why should we work with the Foundation?

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation works across business, governments and cities, education and communication to accelerate the tipping point of the circular economy - underpinned by a strong economic rationale, a powerful conceptual framework and an extensive network.

The Foundation has had significant impact through its work with global institutions, governments and cities; businesses (including Danone, Google, H&M, Intesa Sanpaolo, NIKE Inc., Philips, Renault, SC Johnson, Solvay and Unilever), through global media channels and in its pioneering work with leading universities worldwide.

What’s in the programme?

CE100 will indicate the way to unlock opportunities and address barriers by providing members with a series of programme elements to help them realise commercial opportunities, using:

Research & Insights – The Library – Exclusive support package, tools for benchmarking, evaluation and implementation, and referencing and showcasing as a member

Capacity building – Introductory online course to familiarise learners with the foundations of the circular economy

Networking – Immediate access to valuable network of coporates, governments and cities, universities, and emerging innovators, and an Annual Summit for networking

Collaboration – Accelerator tools – Facilitated Acceleration Workshops in Europe and the USA attended by all CE100 members to identify opportunities and address barriers

Why do you think it's harder to do this alone?

A transition to a circular economy requires a systems redesign and demands involvement of all key actors in the economy. Through the CE100 programme members can learn from each other’s failure and success, make use of the extensive network to test pilots and develop opportunities, and identify new ways of working together. By collaborating in a pre-competitive environment all members can make the transition to a regenerative economy faster.

Do we need to recruit extra resource? I am concerned I don’t have anyone to run this.

We don’t think this should be seen as a drain on existing resources but a capacity building exercise for existing ones. The programme will require a motivated capable person as an ambassador and point of contact for us and should fit in your ambitions to reaching your circular economy goals.

Will you allow my competitors onto the programme?

Yes, the CE100 is a pre-competitive programme set up to share knowledge and collaborate, yet it’s up to you how much knowledge you share; no rule will be set for you.

Do you have evidence from previous case studies that this saves businesses money?

Our reports highlight the economic opportunity within the various industries such as fast moving consumer goods, manufacturing, and specific sectors such as the plastic packaging, textiles, food, the built environment and mobility. For a selection see the case studies.

What are the next steps?

Once you have filled out the application form we will contact you - although due to volume of applications, we will not be able to contact Emerging Innovator applicants unless they are successful. Depending on the submission we may set up a call with your team and look into where we think the specific opportunities are for your business.

Following membership agreement, you will receive a welcome letter and we will set up a three-hour kick off workshop with your team to ensure you get the most out of the programme from day one.

Who will make up the CE100 membership?

The CE100 exists of organisations representing the global economy. The members include ambitious Corporates, Government and Cities, Pioneer Universities, Emerging Innovators and Affiliates. All organisations are, or are developing to be, circular economy pioneers in their respective field or industry sectors. The members share a global orientation and have a wide geographic impact.

We belong to several other networks, why should we belong to this one?

The CE100 is set up to drive action. All the elements of this programme are based on our knowledge, understanding and experience of the circular economy through working with our Global Partners, CE100 members, knowledge partners, platform partners, and our extensive network.

We believe that the programme will help unlock the opportunity for your business or organisation to gain an economic advantage by adopting elements of the framework, whilst taking a strategic place at the forefront of a major economic rethink.

What is a Circular Economy 100 Emerging Innovator?

In addition to working with some of the world’s biggest businesses the programme includes a group of ‘Emerging Innovators’ in the form of new businesses believed to hold the key to unlocking innovation barriers to circular progress. Key criteria to be met are:

  • leader in their field
  • breakthrough technology, product, service or business model
  • will bring innovative perspectives to CE100, summit, workshops, discussion forums.