About The Circulars

The Circulars, the world’s premier circular economy award program, offers recognition to individuals and organizations from commerce and civil society across the globe that have made a notable contribution to driving circular economy principles – where growth doesn’t depend on the use of scarce natural resources. Awards will be presented in a ceremony at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos in January 2016.

The Circulars 2016 Winners and Runners Up have been revealed! Click here to view the 2016 Winners, Runners Up and Finalists.

If you have a question about the awards, please email the awards team: awardteam@thecirculars.org

What is the circular economy?

The circular economy is a resource efficient alternative to the traditional wasteful linear economy. It decouples growth from scarce resource use allowing economic development within natural resource limits and allowing companies to innovate to enable customers and users to do ‘more with less’.

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2016 Winners and Runners Up

Highlights from The Circulars

On January 19th 2016, The World Economic Forum’s Community of Young Global Leaders, in collaboration with Accenture, hosted the second annual Circulars awards at the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos-Klosters. The event was a great success, with eight Circular Economy Awards being presented. Sponsors BT, Ecolab, Alliance Trust and SABMiller, together with media partner, Fortune, were on hand to recognize and celebrate this year’s winners.

  • David Bateson, Senior Vice President, Canon Europe accepting the People’s Choice award from Andy Wales, Corporate Affairs Director, Europe, SAB Miller. The People’s Choice winner is chosen by the public. Learn more
  • Watch the “Best of the Circulars 2016”, and learn more at The Circulars YouTube channel.
  • Michael Dell, CEO of Dell, accepting the Accenture Award for Circular Economy Pioneer in 2015 on behalf of Dell from Pierre Nanterme, CEO of Accenture.
  • Veolia

    Winner, The Accenture Award for Circular Economy Multinational 2016

    Three years ago we engaged in a transformation journey towards a circular economy. We’ve changed our mission as resourcing the world, we changed our organization out of the silos.

    Read more about Veolia’s project
  • Feike Sijbesma

    Winner, The Fortune Award for Circular Economy Leadership 2016

    We are really committed to help to transition to the circular economy… This is our business model and our company is to create value but value with a purpose.

    Read more about Feike Sijbesma
  • Optoro

    Winner, The Ecolab Award for Circular Economy Enterprise 2016

    If there is one thing we could do to advance the circular economy, it would be to change the attitudes around owning and buying pre-owned and used goods.

    Read more about Optoro’s project
  • Flanders’ Materials Programme, Belgium

    Winner, The Award for Circular Economy Governments, Cities & Regions 2016

    To have a platform where we can learn from each other and share best practices has to be done worldwide.

    Read more about the Flanders’ project
  • Materials Marketplace

    Winner, The Award for Circular Economy Digital Disruptor 2016

    There is a growing recognition of the carbon value of material reuse and there’s a potential for it to be included in the post Paris agreement as a new carbon reduction strategy.

    Read more about Materials Marketplace
  • Dell Inc.

    Winner, Circular Economy Pioneer 2015

    The Circulars is bringing visibility to an important shift happening in our world, and the people, companies and countries bringing innovative approaches to addressing this shift. Winning The Circulars’ Pioneer Award validated our longstanding commitment to running a sustainable business and energized our teams to continue driving circular principles into our value chain.

    Read more about Dell’s project
  • Denmark

    Winner, Circular Economy Cities & Regions 2015

    The Circulars is a unique platform for knowledge sharing of best practices, since it gathers an impressive group of frontrunners and innovative practitioner of circular economy from both private and public sector.

    Read more about Denmark’s project
  • Janez Potočnik - European Commissioner for Environment 2009-2014

    Winner, Circular Economy Leadership 2015

    The Circulars 2015 was an amazing event that brought together people who share the same passion for change - needed and necessary. Organized at the right place - where those who are governing the economic world gather - those who are… best positioned to provide workable solutions. An event, which has a real potential to develop … and helps bring about a brighter future.

    Read more about Janez Potočnik’s project

Young Global Leaders Circular Economy Taskforce

The Young Global Leaders Circular Economy Taskforce is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leaders (YGL) initiative. The vision of the taskforce is to create a socially and environmentally prosperous world where profitable businesses provide smart goods and services within the resource limits of the planet. The mission of the taskforce is to inspire leaders to embrace the circular economy business philosophy for their organizations and provide tangible examples of successful business models and means of implementation.

The YGL Circular Economy Taskforce Co-Chairs lead The Circulars program:

  • David Rosenberg

    CEO & Co-Founder

  • Ida Auken

    Danish Parliament

  • Peter Lacy

    Managing Director, Global
    Accenture Strategy – Sustainability Services

  • Rain Newton-Smith

    Director of Economics