June 2020

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‘It’s time to step up, not step back’ — more than 50 global leaders pledge to build back better with the circular economy

Policymakers, CEOs, and other influential individuals have signed the Foundation's circular economy statement. Read more

June 2020

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Foundation welcomes IKEA as Strategic Partner

IKEA will work with the Foundation to accelerate the transition to a circular economy. Read more

March 2020

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Wolfgang Blau, global Chief Operating Officer of Condé Nast, joins Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Board of Trustees

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Wolfgang Blau as a Trustee. Read more

January 2020

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The Ellen MacArthur Foundation at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos

As in previous years, the circular economy was high on the agenda, with over 35 sessions dedicated to the topic. Read more

January 2020

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Global tourism takes on plastic pollution

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), in collaboration with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, have launched the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative, which sees them all work towards the common vision of a circular economy for plastics. Read more

January 2020

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Circulytics - the new digital tool which accurately measures circularity

The Foundation launched Circulytics which gives companies a fully comprehensive picture of their circularity. Read more

October 2019

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First New Plastics Economy Global Commitment progress report published

The Foundation and the UN Environment Programme published the first annual New Plastics Economy Global Commitment progress report at the Our Ocean Conference in Oslo. The report provides an unprecedented level of transparency on how almost 200 businesses and governments are reshaping the plastics system. Read more

October 2019

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BlackRock becomes a Global Partner

BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, has joined the Ellen MacArthur Foundation as a Global Partner. The partnership will bring together the power of investment and the value creation opportunity of a circular economy. Read more

September 2019

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Completing the Picture: How the Circular Economy Tackles Climate Change

The Foundation launched a new paper, Completing the Picture: How the Circular Economy Tackles Climate Change which reveals the need for a fundamental shift in the global approach to tackling climate change. Read more

July 2019

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Circular economy learning hub

The Foundation launched an immersive learning hub, which give users the opportunity to discover and explore the circular economy through curated learning paths, and real-world examples. Read more

July 2019

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The Jeans Redesign

Leading fashion brands are to transform the way they produce jeans, tackling waste, pollution, and the use of harmful practices, thanks to new guidelines published by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. Read more

June 2019

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New Plastics Economy: Reuse book

This work provides a framework to understand reuse models, identifies six major benefits of reuse, and maps 69 reuse examples. Download the reuse book. Read more

May 2019

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DS Smith becomes a Global Partner

DS Smith, Europe’s largest cardboard and paper recycler and the leading provider of sustainable packaging, has joined the Foundation as a Global Partner. Read more

March 2019

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Ellen MacArthur Foundation hosts first Pacific Summit on circular economy

The event gathered speakers and storytellers to explore the transition of the global economy, from today’s wasteful, take-make-waste model, to one based on continual cycles of regeneration. Read more

March 2019

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Make Fashion Circular initiative awarded £1 million by People's Postcode Lottery

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Make Fashion Circular initiative has been awarded £1 million by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, from the Dream Fund, which supports charities in bringing their dream project to life. Read more

March 2019

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New Plastics Economy Global Commitment Spring 2019 Report

The report followed the launch of the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment in October 2018, which established a vision to stop plastic waste and pollution at source by applying circular economy principles. Read more

March 2019

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#WearNext - Make Fashion Circular joins forces with City of New York and fashion industry to tackle clothing waste

Brands worked alongside New York City Department of Sanitation, New York City Economic Development Corporation, collectors, recyclers, resale companies, and Make Fashion Circular, as part of #WearNext – a city-wide effort to tackle waste and pollution in the fashion industry. Read more

March 2019

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Circular Economy in Cities - Online resource suite

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation launched Circular Economy in Cities, a suite of online resources, which will act as a reference point for urban policymakers on the circular economy. Read more

March 2019

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New circular economy learning programme - From linear to circular

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation launched a free-to-learn programme designed to enable its participants to become pioneers of the circular economy. Read more

January 2019

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New report Cities and Circular Economy for Food highlights the enormous environmental damage caused by food production

Launched at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2019 in Davos, Cities and Circular Economy for Food explores the benefits of the transition to a regenerative food system. With analytical support from SYSTEMIQ, the research outlines a vision underpinned by the circular economy principles, where food production improves rather than degrades the environment and where people have access to healthy and nutritious food. Read more

January 2019

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Intesa Sanpaolo renews commitment to the circular economy as a Global Partner

Italian banking group Intesa Sanpaolo will continue for a further three years as the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's Global Partner for financial services. Read more

January 2019

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SC Johnson becomes a Global Partner

SC Johnson, one of the world's leading manufacturers of household cleaning and other consumer and professional products, has become a Global Partner of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. Read more

January 2019

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Dragon Rouge joins the Foundation as a Knowledge Partner

Dragon Rouge, an independent global design and innovation consultancy which helps businesses and brands inspire, change and grow, has joined the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s network as a strategic communications Knowledge Partner. Read more

October 2018

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A line in the sand: New Plastics Economy Global Commitment launches

In October 2018,,, the New Plastics Economy launched a Global Commitment to eliminate plastic waste and pollution at source. It was signed by 250+ organisations, representing 20% of all plastic packaging produced globally.Read more

June 2018

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2018 Summit returns to the Roundhouse, London

Thursday 21st June saw the Ellen MacArthur Foundation return to the iconic Roundhouse in London to host its sixth Summit, welcoming guests from across the Foundation’s network of business, academia, government and media. Read more

May 2018

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New initiative announced, Make Fashion Circular

Make Fashion Circular aims to create a thriving industry based on circular economy principles. Read more

April 2018

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The Ellen MacArthur Foundation and WRAP launch the UK Plastics Pact

Pioneering national implementation initiative is part of a global solution to plastics issues. Read more

February 2018

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The Ellen MacArthur Foundation welcomes new award from players of People's Postcode Lottery

Players of People's Postcode Lottery expand support of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. Read more

January 2018

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The Ellen MacArthur Foundation signs new agreement with UN Environment

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation enters into a new agreement with the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment), the leading global environment authority, to scale up and accelerate the shift towards a circular economy. Read more

January 2018

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$1 million awarded for new materials to tackle the causes of ocean plastic pollution

Winners of the $1 million Circular Materials Challenge are announced by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and NineSigma at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos. Read more

January 2018

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Eleven companies take major step towards a New Plastics Economy

Eleven leading brands, retailers, and packaging companies work towards 100% reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging by 2025 or earlier. Read more

January 2018


Solvay becomes the Foundation's first Global Partner within the chemical sector

Solvay has joined the Foundation as a Global Partner to accelerate the transition to a circular economy in the chemical industry. Read more

January 2018

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The Ellen MacArthur Foundation joins the World Economic Foundation Annual Meeting in Davos

The Foundation attended its seventh World Economic Forum meeting in Davos in January. The internationally renowned Annual Meeting welcomed government leaders, ambassadors, and over 3,000 business representatives to Davos. Read more

November 2017

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One garbage truck of textiles is wasted every second: new report creates vision for change

In November 2017, Ellen MacArthur and Stella McCartney co-hosted the launch of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s new report 'A new textiles economy: Redesigning fashion's future' in London. This report calls for the fashion industry to adopt this new vision and create cross industry collaborations to achieve it. Read more

October 2017

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Innovators win $1 million to prevent ocean plastics

Winners of the $1 million Circular Design Challenge announced at Our Ocean Conference in Malta.

The Challenge focused on the 30% of plastic packaging items that are either too small or too complex to be recycled and often find their way into the ocean, for example shampoo sachets, wrappers, and coffee cup lids. More than 600 innovators from over 60 countries from across the world participated. Read more

June 2017

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MAVA joins the Foundation as a Core Philanthropic Partner

MAVA, a family led philanthropic foundation with a key focus on sustainable economy, joins as the Foundation's second Core Philanthropic Partner. Read more

June 2017

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The Schmidt Family Foundation renews support for circular economy learning

The Schmidt MacArthur Fellowship will develop for a further three years, thanks to renewed support from Wendy Schmidt and The Schmidt Family Foundation.Read more

May 2017

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Circular Fibres Initiative announced at Copenhagen Fashion Summit

The Foundation brings together key industry stakeholders to build a circular economy for textiles, starting with clothing. Read more

May 2017

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$2 million New Plastics Economy Innovation Prize launches with HRH The Prince of Wales

The prize launched alongside the Prince of Wales's International Sustainability Unit, aims to help keep plastics out the ocean. Read more


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Urban BioCycles scoping paper published

Produced in collaboration with the World Economic Forum as part of Project MainStream. This new scoping paper focuses on the significant volume of organic waste flowing through urban environments, and highlights opportunities to capture value in the form of the energy, nutrients and materials, by applying circular economy principles. Read more

January 2017

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New online Circular Design Guide launches

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation and IDEO launch the new guide at Davos which enables change makers, entrepreneurial innovators and students to get to grips with the circular economy. Read more

January 2017

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A New Plastics Economy: Catalysing Action report published

Launched at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos in January 2017, this new research presents three strategies to increase reuse and recycling of plastic packaging to 70%, from today's recycling rate of just 14%. Read more

January 2017

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New report Achieving Growth Within launches

Launched at the World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting in Davos in January 2017, the report finds that scaling the circular economy in Europe offers investment opportunities totalling €320 billion in the food, mobility and built environment sectors. Read more

January 2017

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Danone joins the Foundation as ninth Global Partner

The global food company embarks on a three-year partnership to further embed circular economy principles both inside and outside its organisation. Read more

October 2016

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SYSTEMIQ becomes Knowledge Partner for Systems Initiatives

SYSTEMIQ, an advisory, business building and investment company, is announced as the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Knowledge Partner for Systems Initiatives. Read more

August 2016


International Baccalaureate and United World Colleges become Education Partners

The Foundation enters two strong partnerships in education to support its work in inspiring a generation to rethink the future. Read more

June 2016

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Arup announced as Knowledge Partner for the Built Environment

A Knowledge Partnership with leading design and engineering firm, Arup, is announced at the Foundation's CE100 Annual Summit in London. Read more

May 2016

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New Plastics Economy initiative launches

The New Plastics Economy, an ambitious, three-year initiative to build momentum towards a global plastics system that works in the long term, launches. Led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, the initiative brings together more than 40 leading businesses and cities to re-think and re-design the future of plastics, starting with packaging. Read more

May 2016

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SUN becomes a Core Philanthropic Partner

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation welcomes Stiftungsfonds für Umweltökonomie und Nachhaltigkeit GmbH (Foundation for Environmental Economics and Sustainability), or SUN, as its first Core Philanthropic Partner. Read more

May 2016


NIKE, Inc. becomes a Global Partner

NIKE, Inc., the world’s leading designer, marketer and distributor of authentic athletic footwear, apparel, equipment and accessories, becomes the latest Global Partner to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, demonstrating the company’s commitment to become a key player in the network of organisations supporting the transition to the circular economy. Read more

February 2016


New book A New Dynamic 2: Effective systems in a circular economy published

The second book in the A New Dynamic series, A New Dynamic 2: Effective systems in a circular economy, reflects on the necessity to develop a whole-system approach to re-think our economy. Read more

February 2016

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CE100 USA launches

The Foundation announced the creation of its Circular Economy 100 USA (CE100 USA) programme, and held its inaugural workshop in March 2016 in San Francisco. SunPower, Tarkett and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. join the CE100 USA network at launch. Read more

February 2016


Intelligent Assets: Unlocking the circular economy launches in collaboration with the World Economic Forum

The Foundation's report, produced as part of the Project MainStream collaboration with the World Economic Forum, finds that pairing circular economy principles with the information generated by intelligent devices creates a fertile ground for innovation that could enable the decoupling of value creation from the consumption of finite resources. Read more

January 2016


The New Plastics Economy: Rethinking the future of plastics report launches at the World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting in Davos

The report provides, for the first time, a vision for a global economy in which plastics never become waste. It was produced under the umbrella of Project MainStream, a CEO-led collaboration between the World Economic Forum, Ellen MacArthur Foundation, and McKinsey & Company. Read more

January 2016


IDEO becomes the Foundation's Design Partner

The Foundation signed a new Design Partner agreement with global innovation and design firm, IDEO. IDEO, led by its London studio, will work closely with the Foundation to apply design thinking and expertise to help capture opportunities presented by the circular economy. Read more

December 2015


Intesa Sanpaolo becomes a Global Partner

Italian banking group Intesa Sanpaolo becomes the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's latest Global Partner accelerating the transition to the circular economy.

In its role as a Global Partner, Intesa Sanpaolo will help to redefine business strategies to capture new opportunities, and will ensure financial support for investments used to re-design the industrial system. Read more

"Difficult access to finance is consistently quoted among the barriers that entrepreneurs wishing to innovate with circular models find themselves up against. By recognising there is a new economy emerging and by creating tools to help it, Intesa Sanpaolo actively contributes to the transition and takes a leading role in this new world of opportunities."

- Dame Ellen MacArthur - Founder, Ellen MacArthur Foundation

November 2015


H&M becomes a Global Partner

H&M becomes the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's latest Global Partner accelerating the transition to the circular economy.

The partnership builds on H&M’s commitment to demonstrating circular innovation within a key economic sector. As one of the world’s largest fashion retailers, H&M has the potential to fundamentally shift the extent to which the clothing sector restores and regenerates fabrics and fibres for productive use. Read more

"Operating in a key sector of the global economy, H&M’s vision for applying circular models represents a significant opportunity to scale up the transition. We are delighted to be working with H&M to build momentum towards the system shift that our economy needs to work in the long term."

- Dame Ellen MacArthur - Founder, Ellen MacArthur Foundation

November 2015


Disruptive Innovation Festival 2015 goes live

The Disruptive Innovation Festival 2015 broadcasts its first live streamed sessions at The Festival runs from 2nd-20th November with over 200 contributions from around the world, showcasing the people and innovations changing 'business as usual' in their fields. Read more

October 2015

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CE100 Brasil launched

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation's key Circular Economy 100 programme expands internationally, with the launch of CE100 Brasil at the headquarters of Natura, near São Paulo.

The CE100 Brasil is tailored to organisations for which opportunities lie primarily in the Brazilian market, and builds on the successful format of the international CE100 programme. Read more

September 2015

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation announces Google as a Global Partner

Google becomes a Global Partner

Google becomes the Foundation's latest Global Partner accelerating the transition to the circular economy.

The partnership recognises Google’s commitment to developing innovative, market-leading circular economy initiatives at scale alongside the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s five existing Global Partners: Cisco, Kingfisher, Philips, Renault, and Unilever. Read more

“Google’s ambition to lead the way on the circular economy represents a step-change opportunity – we are thrilled to be working closely together with such a visionary, innovative and transformational partner on this journey.”

- Dame Ellen MacArthur - Founder, Ellen MacArthur Foundation

July 2015


Ellen MacArthur presents at TED 2015

Ellen MacArthur presented on the circular economy at TED2015 in Vancouver, Canada. The annual conference focuses on the theme of ‘Truth and Dare’ to find a richer understanding of ideas that will shape our future. Ellen shared her journey and insights on the circular economy in ‘Endgame’, the closing session of the conference.

The video of Ellen’s presentation was released later in the year, and gained half a million views in the first week. Read more

June 2015


Delivering the circular economy: A Toolkit for Policymakers is published

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation launched the results of its latest research which provided, for the first time, an actionable toolkit for policymakers who wish to embark on a circular economy transition.

The toolkit complements the report Growth Within: A circular economy vision for a competitive Europe by offering an actionable ‘how-to’ guide for policymakers inspired by the vision of how the circular economy could look, as explored in the Growth Within report.

Delivering the circular economy – a toolkit for policymakers is the result of a collaboration led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, with the Danish Business Authority and the Danish Environmental Protection Agency as key contributors, especially in a pilot study of Denmark. Read more

June 2015


Growth Within Report outlines benefits of a circular economy, for Europe

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation, the McKinsey Center for Business and Environment, and SUN (Stiftungsfonds für Umweltökonomie und Nachhaltigkeit), presented the results of a major study at the European Commission’s stakeholder conference on the circular economy in Brussels, on 25 June.

Growth Within: A circular economy vision for a competitive Europe reveals that by adopting circular economy principles, Europe can take advantage of the impending technology revolution to create a net benefit of EUR 1.8 trillion by 2030, or EUR 0.9 trillion more than in the current linear development path. This would be accompanied by better societal outcomes including an increase of EUR 3,000 in household income, a reduction in the cost of time lost to congestion by 16%, and a halving of carbon dioxide emissions compared with current levels. Read more

June 2015

<p><strong>London hosts CE100 Annual Summit 2015</strong>

London hosts CE100 Annual Summit 2015

The Circular Economy 100 (CE100) Annual Summit returned for its third year, with presentations from Jim Andrew of Philips, Estelle Brachlianoff (Veolia), Robin Chase (Zipcar), Kathryn Garcia (New York City) and many more.

May 2015


New book launched, The Circular Economy: A Wealth of Flows

In The Circular Economy: A Wealth of Flows, published by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Ken Webster argues that our linear ‘take-make and dispose’ economy is a 19th century heritage adrift in the 21st century reality. The time is right to move towards a circular economy – a regenerative model based around feedback-rich flows allied to new business models. Read more

May 2015


Circulate News launches

The Foundation launched Circulate, an online hub for news, editorial, and insight on the circular economy and related subjects.

Circulate is the go-to location for circular economy related news and insight, with fortnightly featured articles, regular updates from a team of international correspondents, daily news pieces, and our recommended reading from other writers and publications. Read more

January 2015


Launch of Project MainStream to scale the circular economy

Following the release of Towards the Circular Economy vol.3, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, in collaboration with the World Economic Forum and McKinsey & Company, launched Project Mainstream.

Project MainStream is a multi-industry, CEO-led global initiative to accelerate business-driven innovation and help scale the circular economy. MainStream aims to fast-track this transition by taking collaboration to a new level, focusing on stalemates that individual organisations cannot resolve. Read more

October 2014

<p><strong>First Disruptive Innovation Festival launches</strong></p>

First Disruptive Innovation Festival launches

In October 2014, the Foundation hosted the first online Disruptive Innovation Festival. The DIF is an open access event that invites thought-leaders, entrepreneurs, businesses, designers, makers, and learners to explore the question “the economy is changing - what do I need to know, experience and do?”

The DIF is a devolved event, with more than 200 sessions on subjects such as biomimicry, the sharing economy, and internet of things. It takes place over a three-week period around the world; coordinated and accessible on

DIF 2014 saw over 225 hours of free sessions, 10,000 registered attendees and 950,000 website impressions from 170 countries.

July 2014

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Andrew Morlet becomes CEO of the Foundation

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation announces Andrew Morlet as its new Chief Executive Officer. Read more

“I am honoured to have been appointed CEO by the Board of Trustees and I am looking forward to maintaining the speed and quality of achievement that has been evident under Jamie Butterworth's leadership over the past four years. Jamie leaves a great team and a clear framework for driving the circular economy forward.”

June 2014

<p><strong>London hosts second CE100 Annual Summit</strong></p>

London hosts second CE100 Annual Summit

The second Circular Economy 100 Annual Summit is held in London.

Ali Velshi of Al Jazeera America facilitated the day, which was split into three sessions on leading company innovations for a circular economy. Big issues and opportunities such as finance, energy, water, and Asia. Future design and manufacturing.

"When we hosted the first summit one year ago, we were still very much setting the framework of the circular economy, bringing together the thought leaders and sharing ideas. Within twelve months, in many cases, we have moved to sharing best practice. I think that’s a very positive jump to make and is what the entire Circular Economy 100 is all about."

- Dame Ellen MacArthur - Founder, Ellen MacArthur Foundation

March 2014


Foundation hosts Re-thinking Progress education event

Re-thinking Progress: Educating for a changing world was the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s first ever education open-house event in partnership with Bradford University’s centre for the circular economy.

Over three days experts, academics and thought leaders from around the world presented at the University of Bradford’s re:centre both in person and via telepresence. Read more

March 2014

<p><strong>Schmidt MacArthur Fellowship extends eligibility worldwide</strong></p>

Schmidt MacArthur Fellowship extends eligibility worldwide

An addition to the Schmidt MacArthur Fellowship, the Wild Card Competition is opened to postgraduate students studying design, business or engineering, and their faculty mentors from any university in the world to innovate for a circular economy. The winner joins 14 other students from leading universities including MIT, Yale University, Stanford University, Tongji University, National Institute of Design, India, and London Business School.

January 2014


New book, A New Dynamic: effective business in a circular economy launched

A New Dynamic makes the contemporary case for a profound shift from throughput and a linear ‘take-make-dispose’ economy to a circular economy that is restorative and regenerative.

Featuring some of the leading thinkers and practitioners in the field including Walter Stahel, Michael Braungart, and Amory Lovins, the volume offers a comprehensive overview of the model, business case studies, the performance economy, history and development and the entrepreneurial opportunities of these fluid times. Read more

January 2014

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Unilever becomes a Global Partner

The partnership will focus on supporting Unilever as a pathfinder in unlocking the value of the circular economy within the FMCG industry. Read more

Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever, has long viewed the circular economy model as a key opportunity for business development. In his foreword which opened the Foundation’s second economic report he stated:

"The concept of a circular economy promises a way out. Here products do not quickly become waste, but are reused to extract their maximum value before safely and productively returning to the biosphere. Most importantly for business leaders, such an economy can deliver growth. Innovative product designers and business leaders are already venturing into this space."

- Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever

September 2013


UK pioneers circular economy education

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation reached its target of 2,200 schools in the UK, actively using circular economy educational resources and professional training (over 50% of all UK schools). The UK becomes the most advanced practice space for piloting circular economy teaching and learning.

July 2013

Ellen MacArthur becomes a member of the Club of Rome

The Club of Rome was founded in 1968 as an informal association of independent leading personalities from politics, business, and science. Men and women who are long-term thinkers, interested in contributing in a systemic interdisciplinary and holistic manner to a better world. Read more

June 2013


Philips becomes a Global Partner to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Philip's mission is to pioneer circular economy innovation in the areas of healthcare, consumer lifestyle, and lighting. Read more

June 2013


Circular economy experts gather for first Circular Economy 100 Summit

The first Circular Economy 100 summit took place at the Royal Institution of Great Britain. Speakers included renowned thought leaders including Prof. Dr. Michael Braungart, William McDonough, Janine Benyus, Jeremy Oppenheim, Rachel Botsman and Eric Schmidt – making it the largest gathering of circular economy experts to date.

June 2013

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The world's first circular economy MBA is launched

The MBA is created in partnership between the Foundation and Bradford University School of Management. Read more

“Today’s economic conditions, characterised by increased price volatility and scarcity on the energy and resources fronts, require a change in perspective. We believe that an innovative approach, which integrates systems thinking and looks beyond the linear ‘take, make, dispose’ model, is the answer that a forward-looking School of Management should strive to provide. We have designed our circular economy MBA to give the next generation of leaders a first-mover advantage, by tackling subjects such as regenerative product design, new business models, reverse logistics or enabling communication technologies, to name but a few elements.”

- Professor Peter Hopkinson, Bradford School of Management

June 2013


Schmidt-MacArthur Fellowships created

The Foundation teamed up with the Schmidt Family Foundation to launch the first global postgraduate fellowship programme in the circular economy. The programme works with Partner Universities, including Yale University, Stanford University, London Business School, India’s National Institute of Design, and many more of the world’s leading universities, to catalyse circular economy innovation. Read more

February 2013


The Circular Economy 100 network launches

With an exceptional response from businesses wanting to understand how to unlock the opportunities outlined in the reports, the Circular Economy 100 was born. This alliance of 100 global corporations, emerging innovators, and regions works towards building circular economy capability, triggering over USD 10 billion of economic benefit for the members involved, and working to bring the concept to scale. Read more

January 2013


Second economic report into the global opportunity of a circular economy

The Foundation returned to Davos the following year with another report that scaled up its analysis and looked at the global opportunity for fast moving sectors of the economy. The presence of circular economy sessions at Davos 2013 had already increased five-fold since the launch of the first report the year before. Read more

"The more analysis we carried out with McKinsey, the more it showed that the economic benefit in shifting towards that model was huge." - Dame Ellen MacArthur - Founder, Ellen MacArthur Foundation

December 2012


European Commission adopts manifesto

The manifesto states that "In a world with growing pressures on resources and the environment, the EU has no choice but to go for the transition to a resource-efficient and ultimately regenerative circular economy." Ellen is invited by the EU Commissioner Janez Potočnik to work alongside the European Resource Efficiency Platform. Read more

January 2012

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Launch in Davos of the first economic report into the circular economy

Towards the circular economy, the first ever economic report examining the potential of the circular model, is published by the Foundation, with analysis by its knowledge partner McKinsey & Company. Launched at the World Economic Forum in Davos, the report quantifies the USD 630 billion value of the circular economy opportunity in Europe. Ellen appears on BBC World live from Davos to share the report findings. Read more

August 2011

<p><strong>Release of our animation: <em>Re-thinking Progress: the </em></strong><strong><em>circular economy</em></strong></p>

Release of our animation: Re-thinking Progress: the circular economy

The Foundation released this fun, three-minute animation on the circular economy model. The video was watched 80,000 times in the first week, and remains YouTube’s most viewed video on the circular economy.

March 2011


Project Redesign: Taking the circular economy into schools

Across the UK, 150 students from 24 schools took part in five hands-on workshops on the circular economy. The launch of Project ReDesign challenged students to re-think whether our current waste problem is in fact a materials opportunity, by exploring the possibilities of a systems level re-design. The winning groups went on to take part in week-long internships with our Founding Partners in July 2011. Read more



The Ellen MacArthur Foundation is launched

The coherence of the circular economy framework and its perceived potential as a genuine economic paradigm shift convinces B&Q, BT/Cisco (working together), National Grid and Renault to become Founding Partners of the Foundation.

‘You really learn a lot through conversations with CEOs, senior managers, board members and experts. When we questioned the model there wasn’t an answer – though there was a huge curiosity. Our Founding Partners came on board before we had undertaken any economic analysis and were instrumental in powering the work of the Foundation, and testing the model at scale, for the next three years.’

- Dame Ellen MacArthur - Founder, Ellen MacArthur Foundation



Ellen MacArthur travels the world on her journey of learning

The next four years saw Ellen meeting with experts across a variety of countries, economies, and industries to better understand our global approach to the way the economy uses resources.



Ellen MacArthur becomes the fastest solo sailor to circumnavigate the globe

’Sailing around the world against the clock in 2004, I had with me the absolute minimum of resources in order to be as light, hence as fast, as possible. At sea, what you have is all you have, stopping en route to restock is not an option and careful resource management can be a matter of life or death – running out of energy to power the autopilot means you can be upside down in seconds. My boat was my world, I was constantly aware of its supplies limits and when I stepped back ashore, I began to see that our world was not any different. I had become acutely aware of the true meaning of word ‘finite’, and when I applied it to resources in the global economy, I realised there were some big challenges ahead.’

- Dame Ellen MacArthur - Founder, Ellen MacArthur Foundation

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