Platform for Accelerating the Circular Economy

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The World Economic Forum has collaborated with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation for a number of years to accelerate the Circular Economy transition through Project MainStream - a CEO led initiative that helps to scale business driven circular economy innovations.
Building on this work, the Platform for Accelerating the Circular Economy was launched in 2017 as a public-private collaboration, co-chaired by the CEO of Philips, the heads of the Global Environment Facility and UN Environment, with the Ellen MarArthur Foundation and Accenture Strategy as knowledge partners. The Platform aims to create systems change at speed and scale by enabling partners to:

  1. Blend finance and broker partnerships to scale existing and kick-start new circular economy projects between private, public and regional funding organizations, enabled through four hubs in Africa, China, Latin America and Europe.

  2. Address cross-cutting barriers to scaling the circular economy through a Global Leaders Network.

  3. Link networks and knowledge and share best practices and policies across existing institutions.

For more information, please contact Antonia Gawel, Head, Circular Economy Initiative (