About The Circulars

The Circulars, an initiative of the World Economic Forum and the Forum of Young Global Leaders, run in collaboration with Accenture Strategy, is the world’s premier circular economy award program. The award offers recognition to individuals and organizations across the globe that are making notable contributions to the circular economy in the private sector, public sector and society. The annual awards are hosted at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos.

Highlights from The Circulars 2018

On January 22nd 2018, The World Economic Forum’s Community of Young Global Leaders, in collaboration with Accenture Strategy, hosted the fourth annual Circulars awards at the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos-Klosters. The event was a great success, with seven Circular Economy Awards awarded. Sponsors Dell and Ecolab, together with media partners, CNBC and Fortune, were on hand to recognize and celebrate the Winners.

Testimonials from The Circulars

Read what our winners had to say about The Circulars since the beginning of the program.

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 has evolved, building on previous success by heightening its focus on enabling an understanding of the circular economy among business leaders, policymakers and political leaders, allowing the circular economy to be fully appreciated as a viable response to the global resource challenge. The YGL Circular Economy Taskforce Co-Chairs lead the awards program.

Peter Lacy

Peter Lacy

Senior Managing Director, Growth, Strategy & Sustainability, Accenture

Peter is a member of Accenture Strategy and Accenture’s overall Global Leadership Council. He advises boards and top management teams on strategy and sustainability issues. He authored the Amazon best-selling book ‘Waste to Wealth’ and co-founded the WEF YGL Taskforce on Circular Economy and The Circulars.
Ida Auken

Ida Auken

Member of Parliment, Danish Parliament

Ida is a Member of Parliament, and former Minister for the Environment, for Denmark. Ida has held a number of positions related to the environmental agenda, including Spokeswoman for Environmental Affairs, Member of the Energy Policy Committee, and Member of the Environment and Regional Planning Committee.
David Rosenberg

David Rosenberg

CEO & Co-Founder, AeroFarms

David co-founded and leads AeroFarms, a high-tech, data-driven vertical farming company that addresses our global food crisis by building and operating large-scale vertical farms in urban environments. David’s expertise in the circular economy has developed from AeroFarms’ success, having been recognized as a Circular Economy 100 company.
Rain Newton-Smith

Rain Newton-Smith

Chief Economist, CBI

Rain is a Chief Economist at the CBI, providing economic analysis and working with the business community on economic policy. Prior to this, Rain was head of Emerging Markets at Oxford Economics having started her career at the Bank of England.
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