Member Groups

The Circular Economy 100 brings together members from across the economy to provide unique opportunities for multi-stakeholder collaboration. Member groups include corporates, governments and cities, academic institutions, emerging innovators, small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and affiliates.

The Government & Cities programme is open to national, regional, and municipal public bodies seeking to accelerate the transition to a circular economy. The program offers members an active best practice exchange with peers and leading actors from the business and academic community, and the opportunity to engage in collaborative initiatives to advance circular solutions.

The CE100 programme is built upon four key pillars: Capacity building, knowledge sharing, networking and collaboration.

Bespoke benefits for the Government & Cities group include dedicated, bi-annual Government & Cities Acceleration Workshop days, where all Government & City members come together around topics such as opportunity analysis, circular economy road map development, education, and engagement of the local business community. To support the latter, the Foundation is offering an ‘SME multiplier scheme’ (see below). Regular calls allow for continued exchange of ideas and joint problem solving.

The Government & Cities programme supports its members on the following three key objectives:

Setting the right enabling conditions:

  • Peer-to-peer exchange: Based on the feedback of our members, an open dialogue with peers is the most valuable support. The programme helps members to shape and share best practices in the form of case studies, and provide an open forum for exchange. The CE100 Government & Cities members contribute to international best practice sharing also beyond the CE100 group. They support the Ellen MacArthur Foundation through the development of a case study repository, for publication on the Ellen MacArthur Foundation website.

  • Circular economy toolkit for policymakers: The Foundation’s toolkit for policymakers provides a supporting methodology for policymakers who wish to embark on a circular economy transformation and systematically develop circular economy strategies.

Fostering regional innovation initiatives and cross-regional collaboration:

  • The programme supports members in the identification of important innovation areas and facilitates matchmaking between relevant organisations. Specifically, the multi-stakeholder nature of the CE100 network can be leveraged to set up collaborative projects (co.pros) – in the form of research, pilots, or scale-up of successful ideas.


Engaging and strengthening the local business community:

SME multiplier programme: The programme aims to increase and scale the involvement of small and medium sized enterprises. The idea is to build up circular economy capacity among selected organisations that engage with and support the local SME community. These stakeholders can then act as ‘multipliers’ to integrate circular economy thinking into their existing business support schemes / cluster activities / innovation competitions / etc.

SME/ Multipliers

Engaging small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the circular economy is pivotal to accelerate the transition as well as driving local development.  Supporting SMEs is a key governmental focus area and through the CE100 SME Multiplier programme the Government & Cities members bring in a broad range of business support organisations to act as 'multipliers'. The multipliers benefit from capacity building, insight sharing and a special tailored SME Circular Economy Training Toolkit which strengthen innovation capability and economic competitiveness at a local level.