The Circular Transformation of Industries

The Circular Transformation of Industries is a cross-industry multi-stakeholder initiative at the World Economic Forum that aims to enable a growing, resilient and sustainable economy through the adoption of circularity at scale.


We advance circularity to drive:

Resilience: Improving supply chain control, flexibility and responsiveness to shocks

New Sources of Revenue: Innovating with business models that generate new economic opportunities

Efficiency: Maximizing value from scarce resources

Sustainability: Reducing environmental footprint and delivering net-zero goals

Why is the Circular Transformation of Industries initiative needed?

Over the past 20+ years, businesses, industries, and governments have experimented with circularity initiatives mainly focused on waste management, missing the much broader systemic opportunity. True circular transformation requires a systems-wide change. Not only from waste management but from operations, manufacturing and business models. Systems change will come from a community that will drive progress at a global, cross-industry level.

How to engage?

For initiative leadership:

CEO in Steering Committee 2x/year, including once in Davos.

For initiative participation:

C-Suites in sessions at Forum events (Annual Meeting, SDIM, ISM, etc.)

VP/SVPs participate to community sessions every two months and appoint a team for consultations for a case study

Value for partners

For initiative leaders:

  • Shape the agenda: select and shape the themes and issues that this community prioritizes, and inform the Forum’s strategic priorities to drive circularity

  • Establish your company as a circularity leader by participating in public events and publications

For initiative participants:

  • Gain strategic foresight and science backed insights into emerging trends, evidence, and implications for business

  • Learn the “how to” and pathways to circularity: delve into proven success models and failed attempts

  • Engage with leading experts and peers building a supportive network across sectors to drive circularity at the systems-level


To join a global coalition of leaders of circularity and to learn more this Initiative and how your organization can get involved please reach out to: or

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