Editorial Policy

Content aims and quality criteria

Our aim is to provide the public with accurate, up to date, and freely accessible information, sourced from reputable experts in the fields of energy and resources, design, engineering, education, economics and any other topic relevant to the debate regarding a regenerative and restorative circular economy. These experts have, at all times, the possibility to update, modify and edit the content they provided to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation Editorial Team.


The views expressed on the site by external contributors do not necessarily reflect those of Ellen MacArthur, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation team, or the Ellen MacArthur Foundation partners and their employees.


The information provided by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation Editorial Team has no bias with regard to political opinions, commercial or corporate considerations. Editorial content will never be paid for by advertisers, sponsors or agencies.


Our aim is to ensure a fair balance of opinion, in order to present the site users with an impartial view of issues or topics our editorial content focuses on. The Ellen MacArthur Foundation Editorial Team will not deliberately favour one side over the other, should the issue tackled present polarized views and/or diametrically opposed political stances.

Right to quote – Fair use

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation Editorial Team complies with international laws regarding intellectual property and copyright protection. Excerpts or passages of previously published material will always involve a clear and comprehensive reference to the author, the title of the original publication, the publisher’s name and/or the url of the original document.

Funding Policy

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation is a UK-registered charity with a mission to accelerate the transition to a circular economy. It aims to provide a vision and framework for this transition in three key areas:

  • Education - inspiring a generation to re-think, re-design and build a positive future
  • Business - catalysing circular innovation across the economy
  • Insight & Analysis - providing thought leadership and robust evidence about the benefits of the transition

Funding for this activity comes from two key areas:

  • the business with whom it works - The majority of the Foundation’s funding currently comes from its Global Partners and Circular Economy 100 members, who both commit to a three-year programme of circular economy activity. The team works to continue to grow the membership of both groups.
  • research or education-oriented trusts and grants - The Foundation seeks trust and grant funding for its work in insight and education. It has received funding from the EU, as well as from private organisations, such as the MAVA Foundation, to deliver specific pieces of research on key topics. This research is key to the Foundation’s ability to validate the benefits of the circular economy and such funding continues to be sought.

Details of the Foundation’s funding status can be found in its Annual Report and Accounts available from Companies House and the Charities Commission in the UK.

An abridged version of the Report and Financial Statement for the year ended 31 August 2017 is available here.

Privacy Policy

The privacy of our users and subscribers is important to us. This policy explains how the Ellen MacArthur Foundation uses your personal information. If we make changes to our Privacy Policy that affect how we handle your personal information, we will notify you by email. Minor changes will not be notified.

What information do we collect?

When you register as a user of our site, to receive our emails or to attend one of our events, we will collect the personal information necessary in order to provide those services. Typically, we will ask for your name, job title, email address and the organisation which you work for.

What do we use your personal information for?

We use your personal information in order to personalise the services we provide to you, and in order to improve your experience of our website. We will send you our newsletter approximately 2 times a month. We may send extra emails out where something significant happens that we think will be of interest to you, for example where you have subscribed to receive such updates, during one of our events.

We share your information with our service providers in order to provide services to you, and where permitted or required by law.

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Transferring information overseas

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation has offices in the UK, and a sister organisation in America. We also hold events in many other countries, and we use a mailing company which is based in America. Your information will be added to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s database, and may be accessed by staff worldwide. Where your personal information is available in other countries, we have taken steps to ensure that the information is appropriately protected.

Information requests

If you have any questions or comments about our website, or if you would like to update, change or delete any personal information that we hold about you, please get in touch with Lucy Hardy on lucy.hardy@ellenmacarthurfoundation.org.

Website Terms and Conditions

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation is a registered charity (charity number 1130306) and incorporated as a company limited by guarantee (company number 06897785) with its registered offices at The Sail Loft, 42 Medina Road, Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO31 7BX, with affiliated entities in the UK and US (together “the Ellen MacArthur Foundation”).


The content on this website is for general information and interest only. Nothing in these pages constitutes professional advice. While the Ellen MacArthur Foundation tries to keep the information on this website accurate and up to date, it cannot be responsible for any inaccuracies. The Ellen MacArthur Foundation makes no warranties, representations or undertakings about any of the content of this website (including as to accuracy, quality, completeness or fitness for any particular purpose); or any content of any third party website which is referred to or accessed by hypertext link through this website, and shall not be liable to any person for any loss or damage which may arise from the use of any information contained in any of the materials on this website.

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation does not endorse or approve the content of any third party website.

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation reserves the right to change these terms and conditions at any time, and it is your responsibility to check them regularly before using the website. Any changes will be effective as of the date we post them to the site.

If you have any questions or comments, or if you want to update your personal information that you have submitted to us, please contact Lucy Hardy on lucy.hardy@ellenmacarthurfoundation.org.

Intellectual Property Notice

Unless otherwise noted, you should assume that the content of these pages, including but not limited to any designs, text, graphics, source code or software belongs to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. Your access to it does not imply a licence to reproduce and/or distribute the contents of this website without the prior written consent of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation (this does not include content which is expressly made available for you to download).

You may link to any of our pages, provided it is clear to your users that the content is ours. Unless we have expressly agreed in advance in writing, linking must not create the impression that our sites endorses or is affiliated with yours.

The trade marks and logos displayed on the site are the registered and unregistered trade marks of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. Use of the trade marks and logos is strictly prohibited.


The Ellen MacArthur Foundation aims to provide a website that is accessible to the widest possible audience. Our website can be viewed on a range of different screen sizes, and the size of text can be changed to suit your needs by using your web browser. We also have a “search” facility to help people find information more easily.

Governing Law

These terms and conditions shall be construed in accordance with, and governed by, English law and any disputes arising hereunder shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.