The Foundation joins forces with the French Economic, Social and Environmental Council (ESEC)

June 10, 2013

Towards a circular economy – A model to reinvent future prospects. Paris, June the 27th

The half-day conference, organised by Le Conseil Economique Social et Environnemental – Social, Economic and Environmental Council, and The Ellen Macarthur Foundation, will offer discussions around the founding principles, challenges and positive perspectives offered by the circular economy.

Our current linear “take, make, dispose” model, relying on cheap energy and resources, faces obvious challenges. Numerous indicators are forcing us to reinvent our current thinking, not marginally, but in a systemic way to create a resilient economy, centred on progress. The circular economy is a promising platform and it is expected to facilitate a more comprehensive response to major challenges. Through optimised management of materials and resources flows, a revision of our modes of production and consumption including design for regeneration and innovative business models the circular economy offers a model for the future, the potential of which is already quantifiable.


Jean-Paul Delevoye, president of the Conseil Economique Social et Environnemental will open the conference by reminding participants of the challenges that must be confronted and reiterating his own commitment to the transition towards a circular economy. Then, by navigating back to her own personal experiences, Ellen Macarthur, will tell of the reasons that drove her to create a Foundation which is working to promote a coherent framework and an educational programme. After a brief account of the projected figures of the circular economy, speakers from the business world will give an overview of current initiatives and projects going forward. To finish, economists, politicians and members of the civil society will discuss the social and environmental implications of a society looking to break free from dependence on finite resources.

List of speakers

Jean-Pierre Blanc, General Director Cafés Malongo
Ellen MacArthur, founder of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation
François Michel Lambert, MP for EELV and founder of The Institute of the Circular Economy – l’Institut de l’Economie Circulaire
Christophe Sempels, author of Les business models du futur
Jean-Philippe Hermine, Director of the Environment Plan – Renault
Nicolas Hulot, President of the Nicolas Hulot Foundation and special envoy of Président Hollande for the protection of the planet
Walter Stahel, Club of Rome and author of The Performance Economy
Helga van Thournout, McKinsey & Co
Hélène Valade, Director of the Lyonnaise Sustainable Water Development et President of C3D

Moderator: Jean-Michel Lobry, journalist

About the Economic, Social and Environmental Council

The Economic, Social and Environmental Council (ESEC) is a constitutional consultative assembly. It represents key economic, social and environmental fields, promoting cooperation between different socio-professional interest groups and ensuring they are part of the process of shaping and reviewing public policy. The Council’s five main roles involve:
• Advising the government and parliament, and participating in the development of economic, social and environmental policies;
• Using its structure to promote dialogue between socio-professional groups with initially different concerns that combine to shape proposals in the public interest;
• Contributing to the review of public policy on economic, social and environmental issues;
• Promoting constructive dialogue and cooperation with consultative bodies created within local governments and with its counterparts in the EU and other countries;
• Helping inform citizens.– contact

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