We envision an economic system that ensures the planet and all people can thrive

Everything we do at Circle Economy is guided by the vision: an economic system that ensures the planet and all people can thrive. We are a global impact organisation founded in 2011, and to date have worked with over 80+ businesses, 31+ cities and 20+ nations around the world.
Our practical and scalable approach is focused on empowering decision-makers from the public and private sectors to develop and implement circular economy strategies and business models. We do this by combining research, data, and digital tools for the greater good.

Our goal: doubling global circularity in the next 10 years

Today, the world is 8.6% circular and at the brink of climate breakdown. If we double this rate, we will limit global warming to well below 2-degrees, enhance biodiversity and create cleaner air. In a world that is 17% circular, climate catastrophe will be avoided.

Learn more about the multitude of other benefits circular economy provides in the latest Circularity Gap report.
Photo credit: DIPAYAN BOSE / Climate Visuals Countdown

Wellbeing for  people and the planet

We aim to drive a circular transition that delivers environmental, economic and social benefits. In doing so, we work to actively improve the link between the circular economy and wider global issues. These include greenhouse gas emissions, resource scarcity, resilient business models, labour and social equality. The global circular transition must be people-centric, resource-safe and climate-smart.

Why now and why the circular economy?

Our world's resource consumption has tripled in the last 50 years: we now consume more than 100 billion tonnes each year. Our latest flagship Circularity Gap Report highlighted that only 8.6% of these resources are cycled—or reused—and 70% of greenhouse gasses are directly linked to the extraction, handling, and consumption of materials. In other words, our out-of-control consumption patterns and systems are directly linked to the current climate crisis.

The circular economy offers solutions to drastically reduce material-related emissions, as well as to address other systemic flaws from biodiversity loss to global inequality.

Read more about the link between resources and greenhouse gas emissions in our Circularity Gap Report 2021
Photo credit: Abir Abdullah / Climate Visuals Countdown

our approach

A circular economy that is understandable, relevant, and actionable.

The 'why' of a circular economy is clear — but the how remains unknown.
When implementing the circular economy, key actors can struggle to find and unite the right partners, uncover the data and tools needed to identify and apply circular strategies, and measure progress. They lack the evidence needed to convince key stakeholders that the circular economy is the right way to go — and may have limited resources to drive action even once they have committed. Overall, our dominant linear systems—legal, cultural, financial, or technological — hinder efforts to bring about change.

Circle Economy works to overcome these barriers. We use hard data and facts to create roadmaps for action and inform decision making. We build digital products that can be tailored to specific contexts, making the circular economy understandable and actionable. And we do this across crucial topics and impact sectors.

Our impact at-a-glance

kickstarted their circular transition thanks to the Circle Scan for Cities
built to support businesses and nations on their journey
through our Business Scan
on the Knowledge Hub; the world’s largest open source online collection
in our network, and thousands more in our orbit
in circular economy principles
trained in circular economy principles since 2011

Read our impact reports

gender equality plan
Equality of opportunity is an integral value to Circle Economy to ensure fair access and equity for all of its employees. That is why Circle Economy does not tolerate any discrimination based on gender, religion, sexual orientation, nationality and ethnicity.

Download Circle Economy’s Gender Equality Plan below.
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MEET THE TEAM

martijn
lopes cardozo
CEO
ivonne
bojoh
COO and Interim Digital Director
hatty
cooper
Director of Goverments and Institutions
marc
de wit
Director of Businesses
matthew
fraser
Head of Research and Development
esther
goodwin brown
Senior Strategist Circular Jobs Initiative
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OUR BOARD MEMBERS

robert-jan
van ogtrop
Founder and Board Chairman of Circle Economy, Board Member of PACE, “Going Circular” Executive Producer, Board Chairman of African Parks, Investor. Building the foundation for a circular society.
prof. dr.
louise E.M. VET
Former Director of the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW), em. Professor in Evolutionary Ecology, Wageningen University.
andrienne
darenberg
Executive in Residence at the Oxford Said Business School. Board Member and Trustee.
lorenzo
grabau
Technology Investor, Executive Director at Olympia Group, and Senior Advisor at Perella Weinberg and K Group. Formerly CEO of Kinnevik, Chairman of Avito, Global Fashion Group, Rocket Internet and Lazada, and Board Member of Millicom, Tele2 and Zalando.
herman
wijffels
Sustainable Development, Circular Economy and SDG Consultant, Professor at University of Utrecht.

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