We work to provide evidence of the economic, environmental, and societal benefits that a circular economy transition could deliver. We develop tools and methods to help companies, policymakers, and other stakeholders reach their circular economy ambitions. Our extensive case study library showcases how circular economy concepts are being implemented in practice.

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Terry Goodkind

Insight & analysis activities

Food initiative

Igniting a food system transformation...

CE100

The world’s leading circular economy network...

Circular economy in cities

How can we embed circular economy principles to build thriving, liveable, and re...

Knowledge Partners

Systemiq

Systemiq

An advisory, business building and investment company, works to identify and create opportunities for system-level impact across energy, food and land use, the circular economy and the built environment.

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Arup

Arup

Arup and the Foundation will be working together to analyse and develop circular economy principles as they apply to four priority areas: cities, transport, energy, and water.

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IDEO

IDEO

IDEO is an award-winning global design firm that takes a human-centred, design-based approach to helping organisations in the public and private sectors innovate and grow.

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Dragon Rouge Ltd

Dragon Rouge Ltd

Dragon Rouge is an independent global design and innovation consultancy which helps businesses and brands inspire, change, and grow.

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How we work

The Insight & Analysis group works with the other Foundation teams to support our Global Partners, CE100 members, and wider networks in different projects. In addition, for our larger research projects, we work with our Knowledge Partners and our stakeholder network to create a strong evidence base supporting the transition to a circular economy. Examples include The Circular Economy Opportunity for Urban and Industrial Innovation in China, and Cities and Circular Economy for Food .

How we work

Related events

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 Insight & Analysis

Download some interesting reports and publications that relate to Insight and Analysis.

Towards a Circular Economy:

Business rationale for an accelerated transition

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The New Plastics Economy:

Rethinking the future of plastics & Catalysing action

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A New Textiles Economy:

Redesigning fashion’s future

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Circular Economy in India:

Rethinking growth for long-term prosperity

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Key Insight & Analysis content

Tools

Measuring circularity

The Circularity Indicators Project provides companies with a methodology and tools

Case Study

Discover our circular economy case studies

Case studies showcasing organisations who are successfully implementing a circular economy.

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The ResCom project helps manufacturers capture value by closing the loop

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The next big thing in design is circular

An action-oriented set of methods, mindsets, and thought starters to help innovators design circular solutions.

Reports

Explore all of our reports

The Foundation publishes thought-leading insight into the opportunity of a circular economy.

Resource

A circular economy is restorative and regenerative by design, explore the circular economy concept

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