Circular Economy

The circular economy is a $4.5 trillion opportunity. It’s a new way of looking at the relationships between markets, customers and natural resources, leveraging innovative new business models and disruptive technologies to transform the current “take, make, dispose” economic model. 

Successful circular initiatives will reduce our dependence on natural resources while creating value for companies and their stakeholders. Companies may also discover that the circular economy helps them to drive bottom-line growth, enhance competitiveness and mitigate risk.

To help businesses become more circular, we provide:

  • Information sharing
  • Scalable solutions
  • Metrics and measurement
  • Advocacy and communication

How we are meeting the challenge

We are driving business solutions and initiatives that integrate the circular economy principles of life-cycle thinking and resource optimization. Our projects mobilize companies in their journey towards the circular economy.


Practitioner Guide to the Circular Economy

Browse over 70 strategies, 125 circular economy concepts and 300 resources to help you find the tangible actions you can take to implement circularity across your company.

CEO Guide to the Circular Economy

The CEO Guide to the circular economy is a call to action that will help businesses get into the circular mindset. The Guide highlights the opportunities business can take by moving towards a circular economy.


It is the global business collaboration delivering innovative, scalable solutions for the circular economy.  It brings companies together to reinvent how business finds, uses and disposes of the materials that make up global trade.  

Marketplace HUB

The Marketplace HUB is a tool designed to foster a sustainable use of resources through accelerating business to business reuse opportunities for secondary materials worldwide.

News and Insights

Next Event

Liaison Delegate Meeting 2018

16 - 19 April, 2018,
 Montreux, Switzerland

More Events

Teams of Rivals: How working together is transforming global systems

5 February, 2018
, Phoenix, Arizona, United States

Council Member Meeting 2018

22 - 25 October, 2018
, Singapore
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8 Jun 2017

Reducing Ocean Waste

5 Jun 2017

CEO Guide to the Circular Economy

Impact on Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Materials cluster aspires to create a planet without any waste in 2050. Our cluster work program addresses Sustainable Development Goal 12—Responsible Consumption and Production and supports 12 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.


Andrea Brown

Director, Circular Economy

Brendan Edgerton

Manager, Circular Economy

Elena Giotto

Associate, Circular Economy