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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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 years winners.

  • David Bateson, Senior VP from Canon Europe accepting the People’s Choice award from Andy Wales, SAB Miller sponsor representative. The People’s Choice is awarded by public votes. 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

    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 Government, 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

This year we are amplifying coverage for The Circulars 2016 to ensure the awards reach an even greater audience across the globe to help spread the circular economy message.

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

2016 Winners and Runners Up

Entry Categories

Awards will be made in seven distinct categories to recognize the diversity of circular economy work taking place across the globe. There will also be a “People’s Choice” award winner as voted by the public via the website. Entries for The Circulars 2016 are now closed. If you have a question about the entry categories, please email the awards team: awardteam@thecirculars.org.

  • Award for Circular Economy Leadership

    Award for Circular Economy Leadership

    Award to honor an individual who has demonstrated inspirational leadership in the journey towards a circular economy.

  • Award for Circular Economy Multinational

    Award for Circular Economy Multinational

    Award for an established organization, with global reach and over $100 million in turnover, which is demonstrating innovation in its existing business.

  • Award for Circular Economy Enterprise

    Award for Circular Economy Enterprise

    Award for a small-to-medium sized organization, with between $10 - 100 million in turnover, which is transforming its business towards the circular economy.

  • Award for Circular Economy Entrepreneur

    Award for Circular Economy Entrepreneur

    Award for an early-stage organization, with under $10 million in turnover, which is at the vanguard of the circular economy demonstrating innovation and market disruption. Entrants must demonstrate concrete proof of business model and scale / ability to expand.

  • Award for Circular Economy Government, Cities & Regions

    Award for Circular Economy Government, Cities & Regions

    Award for the city/region, local or national government body/program, public procurement program, or public policy initiative which best enables an environment for the circular economy to develop and flourish.

  • Award for Circular Economy Investor

    Award for Circular Economy Investor

    Award for the investment body which is providing financial backing for the circular economy to become mainstream. Open to venture capital and private equity firms, sovereign wealth funds, pension plans, investment banks, and other entities or individuals who have invested at least $15 million into circular businesses or businesses which are investing in the circular economy.

  • Award for Circular Economy Digital Disruptor

    Award for Circular Economy Digital Disruptor

    Award which recognizes an organization or public sector program that is disrupting business as usual by using digital technologies to enable the circular economy.

  • People’s Choice Award

    The entry which receives the most public votes, via polling on the website in Autumn 2015, will be recognized as the People’s Choice winner.
    View the People’s Choice Winner and Runner Up

The Circulars 2016 Timeline

  • Enter The Circulars

    We are no longer accepting applications for The Circulars 2016, the deadline for entries was 30th September 2015. If you have entered or if you have a question about the process, please email the Awards Team: awardteam@thecirculars.org

  • Judging Process

    An esteemed judging panel, drawn from the Young Global Leader community and leading experts across business and civil society, will review applications during Autumn 2015 through a series of desk-based reviews and virtual discussions. In parallel, the People’s Choice Finalists will be made available on the website for public voting.

    view the judges
  • Finalist Selection

    The judges will determine The Circulars 2016 Finalists in each category before the end of 2015. The Finalists will be promoted via the website and through both traditional and social media.

    view the 2016 finalists
  • Awareness Campaign

    In line with an objective of the awards to "raise the bar for the circular economy" - The Circulars Award Team wants to engage Finalist and other businesses in conversation about the circular economy, via channels such as social media, to tee up the discussions at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos.

  • Awards Ceremony

    The Circulars 2016 Awards Ceremony will be held at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland in January 2016. Winners and Runners Up will be invited to attend.

    view the 2016 winners

Contact the Circulars Award Team at awardteam@thecirculars.org with any questions on the process.

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
    AeroFarms

  • Ida Auken

    MP
    Danish Parliament

  • Peter Lacy

    Managing Director, Global
    Accenture Strategy – Sustainability Services

  • Rain Newton-Smith

    Director of Economics
    CBI