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Businesses and universities join Foundation’s Network

October 06, 2020

Seven new organisations, including businesses and universities, have joined the Foundation’s Network.

Now members and partners of the world’s leading circular economy network, our collaborative efforts will be key to drive systemic change and scale solutions globally.

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Introducing Infosys — a new Network Partner.

Infosys specialises in next-generation digital services and consulting — helping businesses across 46 countries with their digital transformation. It is a PAS 2060 certified carbon neutral company, 34 of its buildings have the highest level of green building certification, and no wastewater is discharged from any of its campuses. The company’s Live Enterprise Suite enables large organisations’ technology stacks to be reused and repurposed, rather than replaced, and its recently-launched Sustainable Business Unit enables customers to better incorporate circular design into their products, services, and supply chains.

Our new Network Members are Dassault Systemes, Enactus, Gemini Corporation NV, The London School of Economics, the University of Bristol, and Volvo Cars.

Dassault Systemes is a global software and online services company, headquartered in France. It provides solutions to help companies in several industries — including transportation, aerospace, consumer goods, and technology — improve their resource efficiency in terms of product design and manufacture. It also helps them design new innovations such as smart vehicles, solar-powered aviation, and hydropower plants. In 2018 it was named Corporate Knights' 'most sustainable company.'

Enactus is a global experiential learning platform aimed at developing the next generation of entrepreneurs and social innovators. With a network of business, academic, and student leaders, Enactus aims to further engage young leaders in the circular economy as a solution to address global challenges.

Based in Belgium, Gemini Corporation NV collects and recycles materials including plastics, paper, metal, and rubber. With more than 300,000 tonnes of plastic collected and recycled from over 400 locations in 24 countries, the company aims to recycle 400,000 tonnes by 2025 — and supply 100,000 tonnes of recycled plastics for packaging to fulfil commitments made by brand owners.

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is an international university pioneering social science research. LSE will further embed circular economy themes in its education and research programmes — looking at economic growth, waste and resource management, and corporate social responsibility — as well putting it into practice in its own operations.

The University of Bristol has supported Bristol City Council’s climate emergency declaration with a pledge to become carbon neutral by 2030, and adopted a circular economy strategy to manage its resources — looking at procurement, supply chains, and waste management. At its School of Management, circular economy topics have been incorporated into undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

Founded in 1927, Volvo Cars aims to be a climate-neutral and circular business by 2040. To reach these goals, Volvo Cars will focus on minimising waste during production processes, making greater use of recycled and bio-based materials, working with suppliers to ensure materials such as aluminium are kept in use, and remanufacturing and reusing parts. The company will also continue to develop circular business models, such as subscription and car-sharing services.

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