• The Circulars 2018

    Voting is now closed! Winners and Runners Up of The Dell People’s Choice Award will be announced in Davos
  • The Circulars 2018

    Dell are showing huge leadership in enabling a circular economy for e-waste
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    Finalists for this year's program have been announced
  • The Circulars 2018

    We are proud to announce Dell are an official sponsor of the Circular Economy People’s Choice Award

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.

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Highlights from The Circulars 2017

On January 16th 2017, The World Economic Forum’s Community of Young Global Leaders, in collaboration with Accenture Strategy, hosted the third 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 being presented. Sponsors AB InBev, Dell and Ecolab, together with media partners, CNBC and Fortune, were on hand to recognize and celebrate last year’s winners.

  • Watch the highlights from The Circulars 2017 event held at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos, honoring those making notable contributions to the circular economy

  • William McDonough, Chief Executive of McDonough Innovation, receives The Fortune Award for Circular Economy Leadership from Adam Lashinsky, Assistant Managing Editor for Fortune Magazine

  • Eric Sprunk, Chief Operating Officer of NIKE, Inc., is presented as Joint Winner of The Accenture Strategy Award for Circular Economy Multinational by Mark Knickrehm, Group Chief Executive for Accenture Strategy

  • Ryan Gellert, EMEA General Manager for Patagonia, is presented as Joint Winner of The Accenture Strategy Award for Circular Economy Multinational by Mark Knickrehm, Group Chief Executive for Accenture Strategy

  • Dr Mike Biddle, Director and Founder of MBA Polymers, Inc. is presented The Young Global Leaders Award for Circular Economy SME by HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway

  • Gabby Pieraccini, Head of Zero Waste and Circular Economy for The Scottish Government, accepts the The AB InBev Award for Circular Economy Governments, Cities and Regions from Tony Milikin, Chief Procurement Officer for AB InBev

  • John Casey, Senior Vice-President of International News and Programming, CNBC, introduces The CNBC Award for Circular Economy Investor

  • David Rachelson, Head of Sustainability for Rubicon Global, receives The Ecolab Award for Circular Economy Digital Disruptor from Jill Wyant, Executive Vice President and President for Global Food & Beverage and Global Healthcare & Life Sciences for Ecolab Inc.

  • Pawel Miller, CFO and Vice-President of the Board for Bioelektra Group, accepts The Dell Circular Economy People’s Choice Award from David Goulden, President of Dell EMC

  • Dr Mike Biddle, Director and Founder of MBA Polymers, Inc. celebrates winning The Davos Prize, as voted for by the audience for the most inspiring on the night presentation

Testimonials from The Circulars

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

  • Rubicon

    Digital Disruptor Award Winner, 2017

    The halo effect of this award has been immense; as a result of this award, we were invited to join the Ellen MacArthur Foundation CE100 network.

  • Patagonia

    Multinational Award Winner, 2017

    The Circulars gave us an opportunity to look at the way we do business entirely through a circular economy lens to help understand where we are succeeding and where there are opportunities to do more.

  • Veolia

    Multinational Award Winner, 2016

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

  • Feike Sijbesma

    Leadership Award Winner, 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.

  • Dell

    Multinational Award Winner, 2015, and Sponsor, 2017

    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 at The Circulars’ validated our longstanding commitment to running a sustainable business and energized our teams to continue driving circular principles into our value chain.

  • Janez Potočnik

    Leadership Award Winner, 2015

    The Circulars awards was an amazing event that brought together people who share the same passion for needed and necessary change. The event helps bring about a brighter future, targeting those governing the economic world who are best positioned to provide workable solutions.

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

Global 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

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

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

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.