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Human Resources as a driving force for sustainable development…how?
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SO... the circular economy.

Where waste is designed out, everything is used at its highest possible value for as long as possible and nature is regenerated. We know that the workforce is an essential lever for shifting towards this way of doing this: after all, without its people, a business cannot operate, let alone have a positive environmental impact.

As the linking pin between management and operations, HR has a crucial role to play. HR can make sure the right organisational culture and human capital are in place for a business to thrive in the circular economy.

But where to start? Although there is a lot to consider, you are not alone in this - let’s do it together.


We don't have to figure it all out by ourselves. More and more companies are switching to circular business models and emphasising the importance of including their workers in finding solutions from the start. Curious about their circular journey? Read here and learn!
Is the circular economy really the future?

The circular basics and why HR

What does the circular economy mean for your organisation? How should you organise your workforce? What is needed for this? Find answers to these and more questions and learn how to get started with practical recommendations. How can you start making a plan for your workforce today, for example? And do we need to involve the employee?


As we all know: change takes time and, above all, money. Yet we are not alone in this. In collaboration with our partner Social Finance NL, we’ve tried to sort things out to make it  a bit easier for you. Here you’ll find what funding possibilities there are for your circular journey and which initiatives there are that can help you with re- and upskilling your current and future workforce. And curious about the possible costs and benefits of a skilling initiative? Go check it out.

6 ways HR can shape the circular economy

Provide support through long-term strategy
Bridge the skills gap
Manage projects and mentor workers
Promote circular values
Build and contribute to a circular HR network
Promote ‘industry 5.0’: human-centred and sustainable
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Train your basic understanding  of the circular economy


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Preparing for tomorrow starts today.  It’s important to engage the next generation at an early start. We are faced with an ever-growing labour market shortage, yet we pay too little attention to young talent. How come? With their practical knowledge, vocational education and training (VET) is at the heart of the transition, and as a business, there are many opportunities to involve the student more actively. Often they already know more than we do…so what are you waiting for?


Got the taste for it by now? Or not yet convinced? Read here - among other things -  about the risks of business as usual or see how many circular jobs there are already in your municipality and other places around the world on the Circular Jobs Monitor.

Facts and Figures

87% of companies surveyed globally by McKinsey in 2020 were experiencing skills gaps.
Up to 18 million workers in the EU will need reskilling in one form or another due to a shift to a low-carbon economy.
On average, employers expect to offer reskilling and upskilling to just over 70% of their employees by 2025, yet only 21% of businesses feel able to make use of public funds to support their employees through retraining initiatives.
39% of employers say a skills shortage is the leading reason for entry-level vacancies, while 72% of education providers believe newgraduates are job-ready.
70% of young people believe they only have some of the skills they need to succeed.
37% of workers in Europe do not have basic digital skills.

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