Applying circular economy principles could unlock up to EUR 1.8 trillion of value for Europe’s economy. Business plays a central role in creating the systemic change required to reap the financial benefits of this transition.

Both large corporates and disruptive startups inform our research, build industry-specific expertise, and move from concept to practice, driving change across value chains and industries. Collaboration with suppliers, customers and infrastructure is the only way to build a circular economy with benefits throughout society.

Altogether our recycling and remanufacturing affiliates generate a revenue of half a billion euros, half of them being purely circular.

Jean-Philippe Hermine VP Environmental Strategy - Renault

Business activities

CE100

The Circular Economy 100 is a pre-competitive innovation programme...

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Make Fashion Circular

For fashion to thrive in the future, we must join forces and design a circular e...

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New Plastics Economy

Brings together key industry stakeholders to create a circular economy for plast...

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Disruptive Innovation Festival (DIF)

The DIF is an online platform which aims to shift mindsets and inspire action to...

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Global Partners

Danone

Danone

To accelerate the circular economy agenda for Danone and its value chain partners

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Nike

Nike

To embed circular design principles in Nike and collaborate to demonstrate the circular economy at scale

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Renault

Renault

Drive circular innovation within products and services to reinvent the future of mobility

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Google

Google

To embed circular economic principles into the fabric of Google’s infrastructure, operations, and culture

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Intesa Sanpaolo

Intesa Sanpaolo

Re-thinking of financial instruments to support the re-design of the industrial ecosystem

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H&M

H&M

To become 100% circular

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Philips

Philips

Pioneer circular economy innovation in the areas of healthcare, consumer lifestyle and lighting

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Unilever

Unilever

Explore the potential of unlocking the circular economy within the fast-moving consumer goods sector

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Solvay

Solvay

Act as a transformation agent to optimise and transform the cycle of resources to answer the planetary issue of resource scarcity

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How we work with business

The Foundation works across a vast spectrum of national and international business. We work with large corporates as well as disruptive startups to further our understanding of the circular economy challenges facing the corporate world.

With our Global Partners we take a strategic level approach, assisting their businesses across key sectors of the economy to demonstrate circular innovation at scale. These Global Partners are pathfinders within their respective industries, exploring the potential of the circular economy as a source of value creation.

How we work with business

Corporate journeys

However all corporate journeys are unique when starting the transition to circularity. We recognise that true change from a linear to a circular model is not an easy task, especially when traditional linear metrics of performance remain. This can also change within the same company across markets and geographies.

With this in mind the CE100 provides a unique space for business, together with policymakers and academia, to learn faster what a circular economy is, share more opportunities and collaborate more effectively. A pre-competitive environment where corporates can find their personal solutions and innovators get the exposure to scale.

Corporate journeys

Business & Systemic Initiatives

Our Systemic Initiatives provide business with the opportunity to focus on a specific material flow through a system. Whether through the New Plastics Economy, Circular Fibres Initiative or Cities & Circular Economy for Food, we work with organisations to achieve unstoppable momentum to change the linear system. Through committing to the achievement of bold targets and informing a new direction of travel, business has a seat at the table in unlocking circularity.

Business & Systemic Initiatives

Related business events

Disruptive Innovation Festival

The Disruptive Innovation Festival (DIF) is an online platform which aims to shift mindsets and inspire action towards a circular economy. It invites people to share disruptive ideas and stories on a number of themes and attracts a worldwide audience, sparking critical conversations and participation through a combination of events, broadcasts, videos, and podcasts.

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Disruptive Innovation Festival

The Summit

The world’s leading forum for exploring the idea of the circular economy. 2018 Summit X DIF is a live stream of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's flagship event and includes additional content and exclusive interviews hosted by Joe Iles during the breaks.

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The Summit

Must-reads for business

Download some interesting reports and publications that relate to business.

Towards a Circular Economy:

Business rationale for an accelerated transition

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A new textiles economy:

Redesigning fashion's future

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The New Plastics Economy:

Rethinking the future of plastics & Catalysing action

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Achieving ‘Growth Within’

A €320-Billion circular economy investment opportunity

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Key Business Content

Toolkit

Explore the Circular Design Guide

The guide introduces users to circular economy concepts and circular design thinking techniques

Case Studies

Business case studies

Case studies showing the implementation of a circular economy model and circular economy thinking

News

China-EU agreement paves way for global adoption of circular economy

Circulate

Three stories from the frontline of circular design

Incumbent business can, should and are taking a leading role in the shift to a circular economy...

Circulate

4.5 misconceptions about the circular economy

For some, a circular economy is a renaming of some very familiar activities, like recycling, going to zero waste or...

News

AB InBev joins the Foundation's growing Circular Economy 100 network