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

Our funding comes from the following sources:

  • Corporate partnerships and memberships
  • Philanthropic trusts, grant awarding bodies and individuals.

Details of the Foundation’s funding can be found in its Annual Report and Accounts

Trustees' Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 August 2019

Privacy Policy

Ellen MacArthur Foundation ("EMF", "we", "us") is committed to processing personal data in a transparent, fair and lawful manner in compliance with the Data Protection Act 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) and the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations, and to honouring the rights of data subjects. This policy explains how we process your personal data and your rights in relation to that data. If we make changes to this privacy policy that affect how we handle your data, it will be updated and made available on our website.

This policy was last updated on 10 February 2021.

Our contact details

Ellen MacArthur Foundation and Ellen MacArthur Foundation Trading Limited

The Sail Loft, 42 Medina Rd, Cowes, Isle of Wight PO31 7BX, United Kingdom

Data Protection Officer: Jo Bootle

+44 (0) 1983 296463


Scope of this policy

This privacy policy applies when:

  • You attend our offices
  • You use our websites or community platform
  • We provide services to you
  • You request information from us or provide information to us
  • You make an application or provide material to us
  • You are employed or otherwise engaged by us to provide services
  • You attend events or webinars or participate in projects hosted by us
  • You are added to our mailing lists
  • You apply to work for us

The information we collect

The type of personal data we typically collect includes your name, contact details such as email address, phone number and address, and your organisation and job title. When you use our websites or other digital platforms, we may collect your IP address, your actions on our website and your marketing preferences (where they have been indicated). We may ask you to provide additional personal data such as your nationality where it is necessary. You may choose to provide additional data to us, such as your professional photograph. We may collect specific information related to an event, such as your dietary requirements, which we will only hold for the purpose of delivering the event.

If you apply to work for us, we may collect data such as your gender, marital status, dependents and next of kin, medical and health information, employment references and work history, visa and right to work information, bank account and tax information, details of criminal convictions, and data used for equal opportunities monitoring such as sexual orientation, religion and ethnic information.

How we obtain your information

We collect your personal data from you directly, and indirectly from your organisation or other organisations we work with. We may also receive information from third parties, such as your former employers, employment agencies, medical and health professionals, regulatory bodies and from publicly available sources.

How we use your information

We use your personal data for different purposes, depending on the reason you have given it to us or we have otherwise collected it.

Our offices

If you visit our offices, you may be recorded on our CCTV systems and your data may be entered into our databases to make a record of your visit.

Our websites and community platform

If you use our websites, we may use your data to personalise and improve your experience of our website. Where you submit content to or make an application via our websites, we will use your data to process that content or application.

If you use our websites to apply to participate in Circulytics or the Global Commitment, we will use your data to process your application. If your application is accepted, we will use your data in accordance with the ‘Our network and stakeholders’ section below.

If you apply to join our community platform, we will use your data to process your application and, if you are accepted, to generate your profile. If you choose to make your profile visible to others on the platform, we will use your data to do this. You can choose to hide your profile if you no longer wish this data to be visible.

We use cookies on our websites. Please refer to our cookie policy for more information.

Our network and stakeholders

If you are a member of our network or part of a group of stakeholders we work with, we will use your data to communicate with you about your work with us (including in the application process to join our network) and provide details of EMF’s or other stakeholders’ activities which may be relevant to you, including through email marketing newsletters, where appropriate.


If you provide services to us, we will use your data so we can both fulfil our obligations under the contract between us.

Events and webinars

If you register to attend an event (whether in person or online) we will use your data to provide the event to you and to follow up with you after the event with relevant information.

If you participate in an online event which is held over audio or video conferencing, and you make your name and/or your image available to view, we may use this data to make a recording of the event. We may use that recording for purposes consistent with our charitable objectives, including sharing the recording with other participants in the event and making the recording available to the public via our website and social media channels.

Newsletters (email marketing)

If you sign up to receive EMF's newsletter, we will use your data to send you the newsletter.

If you are part of certain programmes or initiatives, we may use your data to send you tailored newsletters on those programmes or initiatives.

We actively monitor our email subscription lists to ensure they are up to date. We use a third-party service provider to monitor these lists and to send you these emails.

Job applicants

If you apply to work for us, we will use your personal data to assess your suitability for the role you have applied for, to check your right to work, to assess your health and safety needs, to obtain expert medical opinions when making decisions about your fitness for work, to make decisions regarding salary and benefits, in business planning and restructuring exercises, when dealing with any legal claims made against us, and to prevent fraud or corruption.

Our legal basis

Under the GDPR, we are required to have a legal basis to process your personal data. The legal bases we rely on are set out below.

Contractual obligation: where we have a contract with you or your organisation, we use your data to fulfil that contract. For example, we may contact the individual named in the contract to discuss the operation of the contract, or if there are any disputes in relation to it. You may be bound by the contract to provide some personal data to us (such as details of an individual to whom formal notices should be sent) and if you do not provide this data, we may be unable to fulfil the contract.

Legitimate interest: where we have a legitimate interest in processing your data, we will do so provided that it is necessary and your interests do not outweigh the legitimate interest. We rely on this basis when you would reasonably expect for us to use your data in this way. This includes sending you information relevant to projects you are involved in, or sharing your data with third party providers who support our core operations, such as IT service providers or contractors.

Our legitimate interests include furthering our charitable objectives, promoting the idea of a circular economy, and the broader societal benefits that a move towards a circular economy will create. Our legitimate interests also provide benefits to those we interact with, including helping individuals learn about the circular economy, and supporting our stakeholders to implement the principles of a circular economy in their work. When considering applications to work for us, we have a legitimate interest in employing appropriately skilled people.

Consent: you may provide your consent to us processing your data. Where we rely on your consent as a legal basis, you are able to withdraw your consent at any time. You can do this by contacting our Data Protection Officer using the contact details listed above. If you receive any of our email newsletters, you will be able to withdraw your consent by clicking the unsubscribe link at the bottom of the email.

Legal obligation: where we are required to provide data to a third party by law, we will provide that data to that third party.

Special categories of data

We process special categories of data in accordance with GDPR, which imposes stricter rules on what we can do with that data compared with other personal data. Special categories of data include data relating to your health, gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnic origin, religion, trade union membership and criminal convictions. Typically, we only process such data when you apply to work for us. We may be required by law to ask for some of this data, and if you do not provide it to us, we may be unable to process your application. We may ask for your dietary requirements where we are hosting an event at which we may provide food to you. Your dietary requirements may reveal personal data relating to your religion, and may therefore be considered special category data.

How we may share your personal data

We may share your personal data with other members of our charitable group. Our charitable group includes our subsidiaries and any associated companies or charities, including those in the EEA, the United States, China and Brazil. Where necessary, your data will be added to our databases, and may be accessed by our staff worldwide. Where your data is used in other countries, we have taken steps to ensure that the information is appropriately protected.

We may also share personal data with selected third parties including our partners, agents, service providers and legal and professional advisors where it is necessary to do so as part of our activities. When we share data with third parties, we put contractual arrangements and security mechanisms in place to protect the data and to comply with our data protection, confidentiality and security obligations. We may also share personal data with third parties if we are under a duty to disclose it in order to comply with any law or legal obligation (including to investigate or prevent crime), or to protect our rights, our property or the safety of others. We may also share your information with other third parties where you have consented to us doing so.

How we store your information

Your information is stored securely on EMF’s internal systems and by third-party hosts who implement secure data storage procedures.

We will only hold your information for as long as necessary for the purposes for which it was collected, or if we are required to hold it for operational or legal purposes. We will periodically review the information we hold to determine whether it is still necessary for us to be holding it for those purposes. We may contact you to check whether you still want us to hold your information if we cannot establish whether we have heard from you in 18 months. If we cannot establish whether we have heard from you in three years, we will dispose of your information securely by erasing it from our systems.

The above timeframes do not apply to data collected from you when you apply to work for us. If you are an employee, further details of how employee data is processed and can be found in your contract of employment and EMF's employee policies. If your application to work for us is unsuccessful, we will hold your personal data (including your CV) for twelve months from the date you are notified that you are unsuccessful. In certain circumstances we may need to keep your data for a longer period, in which case we will notify you, together with the reasons for the proposed extended retention period.

Transferring data overseas

Your personal data may be transferred to, stored at, and/or processed by people or organisations working in other countries outside of the UK. This includes transferring data to other members of our charitable group, and our partners, agents, service providers and legal and professional advisors. Any such transferral, storage or processing will be undertaken in accordance with the GDPR. We will take all steps reasonably necessary to ensure that your personal data is transferred, stored and processed securely.

Your data protection rights

Data subjects (people) about whom we hold personal data have the following rights under data protection law. You have different rights depending on the legal basis we have for using your data. If you have any questions about your rights in relation to your personal data, please contact our Data Protection Officer using the contact details listed above.

A right of access: you have the right to ask us for copies of your personal information.

A right to rectification: you have the right to ask us to rectify personal information you think is inaccurate. You also have the right to ask us to complete information you think is incomplete.

A right to erasure: you have the right to ask us to erase your personal information in certain circumstances.

A right to restriction of processing: you have the right to ask us to restrict the processing of your personal information in certain circumstances.

A right to object to processing: you have the right to object to the processing of your personal information in certain circumstances.

A right to data portability: you have the right to ask that we transfer the personal information you gave us to another organisation, or to you, in certain circumstances.

You are not required to pay any charge for exercising your rights. If you make a request, we have one month to respond to you.

If you wish to make a request, please contact our Data Protection Officer using the contact details listed above.

How to complain

If you have any concerns about our use of your personal information, you can make a complaint to us via our Data Protection Officer using the contact details listed above.

You can also complain to the ICO if you are unhappy with how we have used your data:

Information Commissioner’s Office

Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF

Helpline number: 0303 123 1113 ICO website:https://www.ico.org.uk

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.

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.

Covid-19 Measures

Our focus throughout the pandemic has been to ensure:

  • the safety of our team, and all those we work with
  • continuity of our work, and supporting our network, to accelerate the transition to a circular economy
  • that we play our part in containing the spread of covid-19.

In March 2020 our entire team relocated to working from home, and every step has been taken to support them in their new workspaces. We provided digital alternatives to physical events that were due to take place during this period. Certain activities and team members require access to facilities within our offices, and a quarter have returned in July and half of our workforce will be based there from August 2020. Those that need to use public transport have been encouraged to continue working from home. We have undertaken a risk assessment using the guidelines issued by the UK Health and Safety Executive to identify the actions required to protect and support our team, both at home and in the offices. An annex to the employee code of conduct has been issued to support these new ways of working.

Access to our offices is currently by invitation only. No-one with symptoms, or from a household where someone is self-isolating, may visit our offices. Each team member is allocated a workstation that is at least 2 metres apart from others’ and pop-up hand sanitation stations have been installed throughout the offices. Signage highlights the need to stay alert and control the virus through social distancing and enhanced sanitation and personal hygiene routines. The office cleaning regime is more frequent with operatives on site every three hours during the working day. As occupancy increases start and finish times will be staggered to reduce congestion in communal areas. Those working from home have frequent check-ins with their colleagues and line manager, with any concerns or challenges being investigated in a timely manner.

The effectiveness of the measures and levels of occupancy in the offices are under continual review against Health and Safety Executive guidelines. Appropriate adaptations will be made in consultation with our team.

13 July 2020

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